Well reasoned and thank you. As you point out, we should give serious consideration that a fringe movement — called white supremacist but a better name is new nazis as they do not represent any race — can be normalized by overreacting.
Turn a villain into a victim and you have a cause.
If pursued to its radical conclusion, violent attacks from the left will relieve genuine racists of any guilt or concern over being labeled as such.
There is an even bigger problem.
The group of Americans who rose up in the 2016 election is in a highly volatile state, like an unstable element. Capable of explosion with a slight shake. Looking for a home, vulnerable to demagoguery. The elite left chose to denigrate these working classes, not always educated and never affluent, as “deplorables.”
Today, they are are ordinary, moderate folks with views shaped by circumstance not ideology. They are looking for a job not a jihad.
But inside those ranks, extremists are searching for a foothold. That is what I worry about. Will these working class cast outs on the right feel obligated to follow the fringe if the elite left continues its “l’etat c’est moi?”
This is something more worrisome than a fringe if reprehensible ideology. People by nature look for a home. If it’s not found on CNN, The New York Times, or the EU, where do they go? That to me is the central question. Are we ensuring the growth of the neo nazis by shoehorning anyone who disagrees with left of center politics, and then upping the ante by calling them racists?
Antifa feels like a violent counter reaction to something disagreeable. How is that an improvement?