Couple of small things .... The Berkly riot (lets call it like it was) had a protest component but that was a different beast and can't be really equated to the other protests around the country and here is why 1.Black uniforms... ment to conceal their identities while they cause shit .... people protesting (unless in a oppressive regime which political desertion gets you locked away BUT the USA is not one of those) typically carry signs and chant etc. Ie you can see their face as they want to be seen. 2. a typical protest escalates when confronted with an obstacle like police etc . This shit storm began before any such obstacle was reached to cause an escalation due to those who arrived with the goal of bringing it down. 3. The tactics where more akin to a small organized group that had a particular plan instead of the loose anti trump coalition at other rallies Who were they? I have no idea but I bet they have anarchy leanings. Met a few that fit that moniker over my time in university and their tactics to "change" the world can be extreme. Can you call an anarchist left or right regardless what side of the spectrum they think they belong too? Anyone equating the GOP in a general sense to Fascism needs to look what the word means.... However given what Trump has said and some of the policies he has suggested/started a comparison of Trump to Fascism is interesting. Trump ran against the GOP in many ways. It's impossible to legitimately say the GOP = Trump and visa versa. They are not exactly chummy chummy. "Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete, and they regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties. Such a state is led by a strong leader—such as a dictator and a martial government composed of the members of the governing fascist party—to forge national unity and maintain a stable and orderly society. Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature, and views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation. Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky through protectionist and interventionist economic policies." - Wikapedia He doesn't fit the definition (only aspects) but he is the closest in a long long time. lol. And just as importantly Fascism does not equal Nazism. Comparisons to fascism, although interesting, are no where near one to one and to go a step further..... sigh. This idea and comparisons will be the stuff of many doctorate thesis's in the future but you need history/data to provide the comparisons. Its been what 3 weeks lol. Comparisons to Nazi's shouldn't be done.... however if one is going to they should contain aspects of fascism and scientific racism. ie ultra nationalistic and defining other racial groups as being inferior. As that is what they were. That doesn't fit with the current government, events or protests. Other regimes/movements/government styles have been just a brutal (if not more so) at limiting free speech and assembly (China, Soviet Russia, Gadalfi - Libya ... etc) What I find most troubling is it seems like amateur hour at the white house. The dumb refugee/immigration order ... so poorly written and catches a crazy number of people that it shouldn't. The way it is written green card holders cannot get back into the USA (yes they said they could but the order says no.....). dual citizens and permanent residents from ally countries. ... the bloody list goes on. What he was trying to do isn't even that draconian (sends the wrong message to the rest of the world and serves no real purpose but whatever...) but the execution was so poor. The wall and the tit for tat with the Mexican president. It is very much like going to karaoke and you wish you brought ear plugs. Looks like he'll write a new order, hopefully he gets some advice on wording before he signs it as him and his inner circle seem to be clueless on the intricacies of law. Where the rubber meets the road will be what the republicans do with the ACA. That will likely be the first real decision that will effect the average person.