Recently I was in a WB forum where a participant compared the people who got in fights with the white supremacists in Charlottesville with the people who fought against the Nazi's in WWII, suggesting I was immoral for not supporting those fighting with the white supremacists. I condemned them for risking life and property over words that didn't have the power to do much more than make the white supremacists look like idiots to 99% of America.
In my mind the Nazi's horrific behavior was well worth fighting over, they wanted to and did murder millions of Jews, Gypsies, and suspected Homosexuals. I said if I could go back in time and help fight them, like my father did, I would be proud to do so. However if I could go back in time and fight the white supremacists in Charlottesville, I wouldn't, and I'm ashamed of the people who did. They fought a bunch of idiots who were making fools of themselves, and someone died in the fighting.
To me there is never an excuse for using physical violence against idiots who are only saying stupid things. They may deserve a black eye, they may deserve to get arrested for disturbing the police, but no private citizen has the right to use violence to exact vigilante justice.
I don't feel sorry for the white supremacists, and wouldn't even feel sorry for them if they got killed, but I agree with Trump when he said both sides were responsible for the violence. They both went there to fight.