After the violence at Charlottesville, Antifa, one of the groups responsible, has been coined by the conservatives as proof the far left also uses violence to promote its cause.
And as much as it annoys me to admit, they have a point.
Antifa is to liberals what the Tea Party is to the conservatives. They are both extreme versions brought about by a "us versus them" mentality.
Scott Crow, a former Antifa organizer, says the "radical ideals" promoted by Antifas are starting to be adopted by liberals. "They would never have looked at (those ideals) before, because they saw us as the enemy as much as the right-wingers."
Precisely the reaction many conservatives had when Trump took over the Republican Party.
The truth is, most Americans are not extreme and only hate the other side when manipulated. Noam Chomsky, a famed philosopher and political activist, argues the Antifa movement is only exacerbating the fiery political atmosphere.
"As for Antifa, it's a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were," said Chomsky to the Washington Examiner. "It's a major gift to the Right, including the militant Right, who are exuberant."
Antifa justifies and desensitizes the conservative base. Making their leaders look less extreme and their measures less immoral.
President Donald Trump was met with tremendous criticism after calling out “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville.
"There was a group on this side, you can call them the Left, you've just called them the Left, that came violently attacking the other group," said Trump last week. "So, you can say what you want, but that's the way it is."
Now we all know Trump is a twat, however, Antifa did come looking for a fight.
“Counter-protesters fought back, also swinging sticks, punching and spraying chemicals. Others threw balloons filled with paint or ink at the white nationalists. Everywhere, it seemed violence was exploding. The police did not move to break up the fights,” said Joe Heim, a Washington Post reporter at the scene.
Chomsky referred to the Antifa movement as “generally self-destructive."
"When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it's the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is," said Chomsky.
Liberals and progressives are not going to win against the conservatives playing by their rules. If we are to peg ourselves as the "good guys" then we better act like it.
Anger led violence during these times may be understandable, but it is not justifable and only leads to destruction. We have seen the damage done to the Republican Party when extremists are pardoned and excused. Don't let Antifa be the swing America takes after Trump.