From Michael Barone at Townhall:
Many so-called antifa (anti-fascist) counter-demonstrators, some disguised with masks, attacked the Lee statue supporters with deadly weapons. “The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right,” tweeted New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg from Charlottesville. “I saw club-wielding ‘antifa’ beating white nationalists being led out of the park.”
As Stolberg noted, the police not only failed to separate the two groups but maneuvered them into direct and predictably violent confrontation. Antifa believe that hateful words are violence and that they’re entitled to be violent in response, as they have been on campuses from Berkeley to Middlebury — a view profoundly at odds with the rule of law. “The result,” writes Peter Beinart in The Atlantic, “is a level of sustained political street warfare not seen in the U.S. since the 1960s,” led by a group that is “fundamentally authoritarian.” More.
Reality check: A bit of honesty would be refreshing here, as well as useful. The soft left has nothing to hope for at this point from the rule of law except more rejection of the ever more radical demands they get paid to enforce. An honest Stalin-level terror is the usual next step.
See also: Statues as casualties in the war on history: Lee and Lenin