Today in Charlottesville, VA, young white men are rioting in support of white supremacy. The least oppressed group in human history is howling that they “won’t be replaced”…by Jews, women, people of color. They came to the event armed and carrying shields, but the police, although present, are treating them far more gently than they would treat even peaceful demonstrators who were black. It’s on television and the internet for anyone to see: this is what Trump has unleashed.
Trump just tweeted this: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” The emphasis on “all” is, of course, his. His statement implicitly equates this mob of trash in Charlottesville to peaceful protests on the left…which is certainly deliberate.
The word “Nazi” gets thrown around too much, by both the left and the right. But in this case, it’s appropriate: that’s who these people are. And Trump is enabling them.