And the sad thing is Trump seems to be the only one who realizes this. "Do they have any semblance of guilt?"
Members of the "alt-right" broadly portray protesters who opposes them as "antifa", or the "alt-left". Do they have any problem?
"The president was entirely correct - both sides of the violence in Charlottesville acted inappropriately, and bear some responsibility", read one of the points.
The idea of trying to create an "alt-left" to compare to the much-criticized "alt-right" likely makes sense from Trump's apparent perspective.
Two administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, expressed dismay over Trump's off-the-cuff comments that set off a firestorm across the globe. Nobody on the left assumed the label "alt-left" to describe some political agenda. Far left ideology is not about racism, ethnocentrism or anything as deplorable as what white nationalists are spouting, but that fact gets obfuscated when an alt-right/alt-left parallel is drawn.
The term did not exist until a few years ago, when it started gaining traction after it was coined by white supremacist Richard Spencer, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
President Donald Trump, in his effort to defy political convention and avoid admitting errors in judgment, risks upending decades of this important work with sloppy rhetoric and undisciplined, ill-tempered bile. And yet, the media declared that any negative coverage granted to Antifa would detract from the obvious evils of the alt-right. There was no basis for linking Trump or Bannon to the groups in Charlottesville, he added.
A similar change.org petition with 94,760 signatures requests that Antifa be named a terrorist organization by the United States.
The history of this term is instructive, both in the use of propaganda and in the irresponsibility of left-punching centrist liberals, who could not resist the temptation to smear their competitors for control of the Democratic Party as being akin to white supremacists. A patchwork of groups under the alt-right banner organized last weekend's "Unite the Right" protest in Charlottesville.
His soundbites left manyobservers, online and off, spanning the political spectrum, disturbed.
But because the Left must be wrong in the minds of the right, many on the right have simply come up with their own alternative gloss on Trump's words: He wasn't talking about the attendees at the #UniteTheRight event. Of course, "standing up to hate" (of whites) is exactly what the alt right would say they are doing as well.
But there's no equivalent with the anti-Semitic and bigoted groups that call themselves "alt-right", he said. After spending two nights at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, the president left in the early afternoon for his golf club in Bedminister, N.J. Some even gone so far as to side with Trump in defending "some very fine people" who were part of the white supremacist groups. Also, it's an easy way to charge up supporters.
In the days since violent clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville culminated in a neo-Nazi sympathizer driving his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, journalists have mainstreamed the self-described "anti-fascists" (or "antifa") at the rally - largely ignoring their involvement in the escalating political violence in this country. "So they need to make a statement head-on against the people who they regard as racist", said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
"When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them", the senator stated in his ill-formed tweet. "Leaders of the extreme left died off and they're floundering without leadership".
Is this unfounded alt-left push working?
By refusing to condemn the alt-right, then suggesting that some of the alt-righters at the torchlight march were hunky dory, Trumpgave the alt-right cover.
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