Over the last 24 hours, it’s become unacceptable in some quarters to point out that there was violence on both sides in Charlottesville, even though it’s unassailably true. Here is a New York Times reporter from yesterday:
Here is another reporter who was filing for the New York Times, Hawes Spencer, via Mike Allen’s e-newsletter:
The entirety of Downtown Charlottesville looked like a war zone. Protesters maced each other, threw water bottles and urine balloons — some of which hit reporters — and generally beat the crap out of each other with flagpoles.
This doesn’t make the neo-Nazis any better; they are obviously evil, and their idiot march was the proximate cause of the violence, and one of them committed an act of murder and domestic terrorism. But anti-fa is also hate-filled and violent and was spoiling for a fight. Any person of good will committed to liberal values should be perfectly happy to denounce them both.