When a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of people --- killing one and injuring several others --- fears ran rampant that this act of political violence was the new normal.

Neo-Nazis brazenly marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11, 2017, holding tiki torches and chanting “blood and soil,” a Nazi slogan combining racial identity and national pride together. The Unite the Right rally was intended to protest the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statute, but it was more than just a protest about Confederate history. It was a march for nationalism, with all its ugly cousins --- white supremacy, racism and xenophobia --- along for the ride.

The following day was marked by violence as countless protesters and counter-protesters were injured after clashing with each other. Heather D. Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr., a Nazi sympathizer, drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters.

The rally would prove to be a PR disaster for the alt-right and its more extreme compatriots. As if their ideas weren’t abhorrent on their own, now they had a death attached to their movement. The moment marked the beginning of the downward spiral to irrelevance for the alt-right, but at the time the movement was front and center.

The moment marked the beginning of the downward spiral to irrelevance for the alt-right.

Countless articles and news segments followed Charlottesville, with many fearing more violent riots were certain to happen. The body count would continue to climb as far-right agitators grew emboldened by an indifferent White House, targeting the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Several media outlets from the progressive Jezebel to the British magazine, The Week, described the moment as a turning point. In January, Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in The Atlantic that, “The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last August was a watershed moment for the white-supremacist movement.” Greenblatt argued that white supremacist activism was visible, no longer relegated to the darkest corners of the internet.

This increased visibility might have done more harm than help the alt-right and other far-right movements. At least one participant of the Unite the Right rally was fired from his job after people identified him from photos of the rally posted online. Fields was arrested for murdering Heyer and now awaits trial.

Republicans and Democrats alike decried the vitriolic hate demonstrated by the marchers and denounced the violence. While President Trump’s response was lackluster and noncommittal, other high ranking White House officials, like Vice President Mike Pence and former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, sharply condemned what the president would not.

Now the far-right seems to be struggling to remain relevant.

Now the far-right seems to be struggling to remain relevant. Richard Spencer, perhaps the most prominent neo-Nazi around, is considering cancelling his alt-right speaking tour. Spencer announced the decision in March 2018 after his supporters clashed with protesters outside Michigan State University.

“When they become violent clashes and pitched battles, they aren’t fun,” Spencer said, as USA Today reported.

While Spencer blames the aggressive tactics of Antifa --- a far left coalition --- for canceling his tour, it is possible the cancellation is more related to his bank account than his adversaries. Spencer had to fight a legal battle to even win MSU as a venue and, after wading through the courts, only 20 people attended his speech. A previous speaking event at the University of Florida in October 2017 also saw protesters vastly outnumbering Spencer’s supporters.

“The Unite the Right rally was so toxic for the alt-right’s image that some members started arguing that in-person protests were bad publicity for the cause,” Kelly Weill wrote for the Daily Beast in late March.

Richard Spencer isn’t the only one quickly losing relevance. The Traditionalist Worker Party, a white supremacist group, is fracturing after the arrest of Matthew Heimbach, the head of the party. He was arrested after he allegedly assaulted TWP spokesperson Matthew Parrott, whose wife Heimbach was allegedly sleeping with.

“The high-profile bust was an accelerant in what had been a slow-burning feud among the alt-right,” Weill wrote.

The alt-right was never a concrete party, merely a conglomerate of various groups and activists. With all the infighting, legal woes, and disastrous media coverage, an already-shaky alliance is beginning to implode.

This doesn’t mean the threats to a free society that the alt-right promotes have vanished. White supremacist and neo-Nazis still have the potential to be dangerous. A cornered animal tends to lash out.

Threats to a free society never truly go away.

Anti-immigrant sentiments, which the alt-right proudly promotes, are still going strong. President Trump continues to rally his base on the idea of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border. ICE continues to violate civil liberties, ripping apart families as they pursue and deport undocumented immigrants.

Threats to a free society never truly go away. The alt-right may fracture, splinter, and fight amongst each other until whatever emerges from the other side is scarcely like the original, but the insidious ideas at the heart of the movement do not disappear. Richard Spencer may fall out of favor among his like, but another will likely take his place.

Advocates of a free society should continue to be vigilant and denounce illiberalism in whatever form it takes, whether its the brashness of the alt-right or the soft authoritarianism of the current White House administration.

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Lindsay Marchello is a Young Voices and an Associate Editor with the Carolina Journal. Follow her on Twitter @LynnMarch007.

Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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