The Extremist Show Is Just Starting

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At the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Charlottesville was a defeat for America but a win for the provocateurs in our midst.

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By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Donald Trump failed to follow the script laid down for every president. Any outrage involving white racism or neo-Nazi activity should be responded to with an unambiguous denunciation of white racism or neo-Nazis, without qualification or distracting details. Yes, it might be good for the country if the media were a tad less rigid in enforcing such scripts, but that’s not an excuse for presidential ineptitude.

For journalists, though, details and qualifications are interesting. One such qualification is how Peter Beinart, a former editor of the New Republic, ended his serendipitously timed article in the Atlantic magazine about the rise of left-wing violence. He says violent activists of left and right have become the “unlikeliest allies.”

So how did Charlottesville, Va., turn itself into a stage for their latest, and perhaps age-defining, spectacle?

The city is a Democratic town, run by a Democratic machine. Its elections are typically settled in a Democratic primary. The GOP is a non-factor. Of the three City Council members who voted in February to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a town park, two who thereafter faced re-election are now gone.

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