Sacha Baron Cohen asked David Clarke to run down the trouble with anti-fascist protesters on “Who Is America,” and agreed with the former Alabama sheriff that “you don’t want to take sides” when talking about Germany in the 1930s.
Clarke joined Baron Cohen during a segment in which the comedian played his character OMGWhizzboyOMG, a viral YouTube star from Denmark who does “unboxing” videos of toys called Shopkins. The video setup is clearly aimed at children, but the gag is that the right-leaning Whizzboy talks about “issues” with guests while opening toys.
“Let’s talk bout the dangerous people who marched in Charlottesville, or as they’re called, Antifa,” Baron Cohen’s Whizzboy said to Clarke as the segment begain. “What are they like?”
“Antifa is an anarchist group,” Clarke replied. “They promote chaos. They come in — again, this is not protest. When you start trashing buildings–”
Suddenly, Whizzboy interrupted him to show off his latest Shopkins acquisition.
“Amazing! It’s Mackenzie Maple Donut,” Whizzboy said, showing off the toy.
Baron Cohen then pretended to speak to Clarke as the Shopkins character. Clarke explained to Mackenzie Maple Donut why it should not join Antifa.
Next, Whizzboy asked Clarke to explain how he would deal with anti-fascist protesters in a different hypothetical scenario — 1930s Germany.
“So if you were the sheriff in the ’30s in Germany, and the anti-fascists were marching, the Antifa were marching, what would you have done to stop them?” Whizzboy asked.
“Well, you have to act aggressively,” Clarke explained. “When I say that, you have to use force to disperse the crowd. You have to be willing to arrest people and take them to jail.”
“It’s a shame that there weren’t brave sheriffs like you around in Germany in the ’30s, because you could have protected the fascists and let them speak their mind a bit clearer, and then things could have been done a bit quicker,” Whizzboy told him.
“Well, you don’t want to take sides,” Clarke replied.
“Of course, particularly not in Germany in the ’30s,” Whizzboy agreed.