The terrorist in the car attack turns out to have been a Nazi sympathizer even in his high school days. He's from the Cincinnati area, growing up on the Kentucky side of the river. He enlisted in the Army two years ago, but he couldn't even make it through basic training and got discharged. I suspect it was for his attitude, not for physical reasons. He was just looking for an excuse to kill someone.
While it was promoted as an event to protect historical confederate statues, there were some pretty fucking vile people behind the march and they ARE the real deal, genuine racists that are seeking a society arranged along racial lines -- these are people that need to be identified and called out for who they are. There's a lot of disillusioned kids out there on internet forums that have been duped into thinking these were simply people against identity politics -- they were not -- they were actually promoting some of the most evil identity politics.
That said antifa are not simply good folks standing up against racism and facism -- that is a lie. They also have an agenda -- they advocate violence against those who oppose them politically (not just racists) and seek to silence any sort of dissent towards their agenda -- which is also pure identity politics and something I would call equality of outcome over equality of opportunity. I've heard virulent fucking anti-semitism coming from both sides, which sparked me to instantly leave the democrats. But seeing so many swept up behind an idiot like Trump backed by Bannon who has downplayed what the alt right really is... just depressing. Both sides have driven people in the middle towards one side or the other. Literally worst climate I've seen in the US in my lifetime, though I don't think we're anywhere near a civil war.
We need more skepticism and for people to really scrutinize what's coming out in media from either side -- in that aspect, some sort of sophistication on how shitty people can be, the Europeans are way ahead of us.