oppose the “Unite the Right” movement in Charlottesville as “left-wingers.”
This was a mischaracterization. The people in the counter-protest were mostly residents or students who live in Charlottesville. They were protesting the invasion of their town by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the KKK.
This was not Republicans (right wing) versus Democrats (left wing). This was decent people against bullies, good against evil, right against wrong. The woman who was killed was not a radical left-wing chronic protester. She had never participated in a demonstration before but felt that, this time, she had to make a stand against hate. That is a choice any true liberal would make, but also one in which a Christian conservative might join.
I don’t like confrontation and violence frightens me, but if the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and KKK were to gather in DuBois or Clarion, I hope that I would have the courage to oppose them. I expect that many of you, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens or Spotted, would join me. That is, after all, how it was when my parents and their generation fought and defeated the original Nazis.
—Ila Anne Maslar, Corsica