When i see the "leftist" protesters tearing down a statue, it makes it really hard for me to support them. They are winning, there is no need for this. The statues are coming down. I have a hard time supporting them even though I generally support their underlying motivation. If I was the president, I would feel that I had to condemn the action of defacing and destructing the statues (which Trump did).
Now we have these rightist protesters. There is a level at which some of their motivations are debatable such as affirmative action, immigration, even the statues they are using as cover, these are legitimate political debating points. Even if their protest was solely based on these types of points, once they show up with guns and sticks, looking for a fight, even those that may align with the more legitimate political aspects must begin to question their support (but not Trump and many others).
But they went further, they went beyond what could be argued are legitimate political discussions, they came with the robes and torches, swastikas, and were chanting hostile antisemitic messages. No one should be able to say they support the underlying motivation of this type of protest, even if it was non-violent. But it was both. It was both stunningly racist and violent. They had semi-automatic weapons for heavens sake!
But Trump couldn't say he rejects it. They have him. He tried a more conventional response the second time but David Duke tweeted he didn't like the second message so Trump had to backtrack and clarify that he was still OK with the protest, just not the car murder. He said the leftist protesters were worse and that they were going to tear down statues of George Washington (real meaning they hate America), something real Americans (like the rightist protesters) would never do. Oh, and the rightist protesters had a permit.
This is really bad. It is not going to be easy to put this evil genie back in its bottle.