Second, let's be brutally honest about what really happened in Charlottesville, VA on August 12-13, 2017. A group of the aforementioned Alt-Reich white supremacist hatemongers descended on the town of Charlottesville to protest the taking down of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. And that protest quickly got out of hand. What started as marching through town with citronella Tiki torches (end-of-summer sale at Walmart, what else) ended in violence and bloodshed when the increasingly angry and restless (and armed) crowd of modern-day brownshirts clashed with the counter-protestors who opposed them. One of the white supremacists, James Alex Fields, Jr., even used his accelerating car as a weapon and drove through a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one and injuring at least 19 others. And yes, that is premeditated murder--it was planned and he exhibited what is known as "universal malice" when he deliberately used his car as a deadly weapon against his targets. In fact, given the circumstances, it is clearly an act of domestic terrorism. And the black man that was brutally beaten with poles by a group of white supremacists in a parking garage? He was the victim of a modern-day lynching.
Then Un-President Trump, ever careful not to offend his deplorable base that voted for him, blamed the violence on "both sides", drawing the ultimate false equivalency--a dog whistle that was not lost on the neo-Nazis. Then, two days after it happened and after much criticism, he then finally named the problem--racism, white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis--but then almost in the same breath implied that we should all "unite" (!) with them. Then, in his next speech, he even had the GALL to blame the violence on the "alt-left", whatever that is. Sounds like more "alt-facts" as usual, Donald. Sadly, this comes as no surprise.
Further emboldened, some neo-Nazis even vandalized the Boston Holocaust Memorial shortly after, the second time this summer after 22 straight years of no such incidents. The broken glass was clearly an echo of the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, and there were swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti everywhere. So much for a "post-racial society". It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that hate crimes have accelerated since the Trump campaign and especially since the election.
It should be painfully obvious now that Trump in fact created, or at least unleashed, this monster, or at least its latest incarnation. And he utterly failed his biggest test yet by not immediately and unequivocally naming and condemning this monster.
To all those who voted for Trump, how does it feel to be on the wrong side of history? Because we wouldn't know anything about that. Believe me.