Though intended to advance their movement, what Charlottesville actually accomplished was showing America and the world — many of who had still never heard the term “alt-right” or were still confused about what it actually was (thanks, Milo) — that it was just the same old KKK and neo-Nazis of yesteryear trying to repackage themselves.
After a sea of swastikas and Confederate flags flashed across their television and computer screens, combined with violence in the streets, including the killing of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer, the country looked on in horror.
How could this be happening in the modern-day United States? Was this even America anymore?
The trolls had emerged from behind their keyboards and no one liked what they saw.