A rally originally planned to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville, Virginia to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, turned violent and deadly Saturday as a car driven by James Alex Fields Jr, 20, intentionally plowed into the crowd of counter protestors, injuring dozens and killing a woman crossing the street. Terrorist Fields, an Ohio resident, has been charged with murder. Two officers were killed in a police helicopter crash.
Torch-bearing protestors, estimated at an alarming 6,000, began assembling Friday night in Emancipation Park formerly known as Lee Park. Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia has a population under 50,000 residents.
Reports of the deplorable violence identify the protesters as white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and the “alt-right” — a fairly recent construct that no one seems to be able to pinpoint, but clearly — and unfairly — targets conservatives.
How is that conclusion reached?
The Daily Mail concludes, “The extreme right hopes to have a stronger showing thanks to the presence of various leaders of the ‘alt-right’ movement that has been emboldened by Trump’s ascent to the White House.” Another from the U.K. headlines, “Donald Trump condemns violence at ‘far-right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying ‘we all must be united’“
Although both President Trump and First Lady Melania, issued messages of condolences and condemned “the hatred, bigotry and violence,‘ he was criticized for not responding quickly enough and using the wrong words. Politico went so far as to accuse him of specifically “failing to condemn white supremacists.” Sunday morning, when Ivanka Trump tweeted “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,“ the left’s obsessive hatred of her father fueled the replies. Hate monger Keith Olbermann, now reduced to a twice weekly YouTube show called “The Resistance,” displayed his vile contempt for the president with this very tasteful tweet.
The Arizona Republic, working feverishly to buff up the bottom dragging image Jeff Flake has created for himself, thought Flake’s tweeted condemnation of the riot’s white supremacy was worthy of a stand alone Sunday edition news article.
And so it goes.