The NYT has a piece titled “Far-Right Groups Surge Into National View in Charlottesville” by Richard Fausset and Alan Feuer (with Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Hawes Spencer and Alan Blinder contributing reporting):
Will the overt displays of racism return the extreme right-wing to the margins of politics, or will they serve to normalize the movement, allowing it to weave itself deeper into the national conversation?
There’s the obligatory photo of a 1488-er doing the Roman salute. Then, there’s a steady stream of the usual:
Some left-leaning Charlottesville organizers like Laura Goldblatt, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, said that the full airing of such ideas would eventually lead more Americans to reject them…
But Ms. Goldblatt, while not addressing those leftists who resorted to violence, said that some kind of response in the street was necessary. History, she said, has shown that “ignoring white supremacy, in terms of shutting your doors and not coming out to confront them, has been a really dangerous strategy.”
Yes, the timeworn “history has shown” excuse: an all purpose phrase (all the more ‘powerful’ when uttered by a leftwing Jew) that serves to shut down free speech as well as excuse leftwing-intitiated violence against a peaceful and lawful white identitarian gathering. (BTW, that last paragraph is essentially the full extent of the piece’s analysis of Antifa-initiated violence.)
And then there’s Heidi from the $PLC:
Heidi Beirich, who runs the intelligence project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors far-right groups, was among those who watched with alarm as the online excitement over the gathering grew. “It was astounding to see it go from 100 people saying they were going to go, to 300, to 500, to 700, to raising money on online platforms to facilitate that,” she said.
Heidi was so anxious about it, she ate a dozen sweet babkas to calm herself down.
And let’s toss in the equally alarmist Larry Rosenthal (whom I once watched on C-SPAN deliver a vile characterization of Trump voters):
Lawrence Rosenthal, the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies at the University of California, said that Mr. Spencer appeared to welcome this level of violent, street-level politics.
I’m sure Berkeley is in the planning stages for a ‘Berkeley Center for Left-Wing Studies’, to be helmed by conservative WASPS.
He noted an audio recording Mr. Spencer made after similar skirmishes in April in Berkeley. Mr. Spencer called them a “pitched battle” between two polarized, political “vanguards” that reminded him of political upheavals, presumably in Germany, that took place in the 1920s and 1930s.
“This is a very different dynamic than I’m used to,” Mr. Spencer said. “I thought that political violence had just become impossible, that we’d never see it again.”
It’s always 1933 with these people.