The 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ protest in Charlottesville was a key event in the normalization of white nationalist ideals in large parts of America, suggests Adam Serwer of The Atlantic. Consequently, mainstream conservative media and politicians are more open to holding views that align with the far right. One is the notion that white Americans risk being marginalized by growing immigration and need to defend themselves against other ethnicities. President Trump has repeatedly failed to condemn or disavow the support he gets from white supremacists. His policies of banning Muslims or jailing illegal immigrant children show that white nationalism is winning.
While America did face a growing white nationalist threat when violence was sparked at the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ protest in Charlottesville, the movement is suffering, reports James Downie of The Washington Post. This stood out as its 2018 edition had a negligibly small turnout. Its small size was only made more apparent by a much larger group of counter-protesters that opposed white nationalist ideals. The size of this group attested to the enthusiasm of Americans who were appalled by the displays of bigotry and racism in Charlottesville a year ago. White nationalism and the alt-right rose quickly but are already waning at similar speeds.