The alt-right has been fostering an agenda of racist, nationalistic ideals that have encouraged the use of violence against its enemies, holds Ashley Feinberg of Wired. The clashes seen can be attributed to the combative narrative that the alt-right holds on to. Ideas of defending one’s country have been warped into a movement that justifies violence against those who stand against it. This radicalization has taken place online on alt-right sites like 4chan, where bigotry is fostered. The man who drove his car into a crowd shared alt-right memes on his Facebook. The movement has pushed individuals like him towards violence.
The left-wing media has had a strong hand in the rise of alt-right groups by giving them the coverage and notoriety that they feed off of, writes John Hawkins of Townhall. The political narrative that antagonizes their ideals, which go against the mainstream, has furthered their notion of being under attack. Blanket statements, such as the assertion that all Trump-supporters are racist, have alienated them and brought them closer together. Alt-right members now enjoy incensing liberals through any means of provocation. The constant attention it gets has fueled the actions of those seeking headlines, even at the cost of violence.