But setting limousines on fire and chaining yourselves together and other ridiculous, infantile displays of protest does no one any favors. The far left has done nothing but embarrass themselves, and the nation in general. The thing I fear is the reincarnation of Occupy Wall Street and other freak child protest movements. Especially since the first round was when someone they actually liked was president. Imagine what they will do, now that someone they actually hate is president. The 1960s Noam Chomsky protester tactics of the crazy left is totally played out. The rest of us tune you freaks out. Shut the eff up and deal. Grow up, bide your time, and field a candidate worthy of voting for. That's what you do if you want to make a real, lasting change.
I agree with this personally, but again, I don't think it's going to change public perception much. Truth is, rioting, protesting, direct action and so forth are deeply romanticized in the canon of "The Church of Liberalism" as Carrie Mathison calls it. No small number of people world wide, and these politically connected and engaged people, no doubt watched video footage of Antifa running about setting limousines on fire, smashing Starbucks windows (the irony!) and punching alt-right luminary Richard Spencer in the head during an interview (not that he didn't have it coming, but still ...) and think "right on! That's how real social change happens!" It might be strategically wise for the progressives to change their tack and start trying to make overtures towards other groups or even rebranding themselves to an extent, but I wouldn't expect it unless they lose in 2020. They seem to be confident that the long term demographic trajectory - the "old white dudes" dying off and being replaced by younger, hipper cohorts - working in their long term favor.
Trump is ultimately going to punch his own ticket here, one way or another. He'll enjoy incumbent advantage in 2020. Plus the house of reps - already heavily gerrymandered, is likely to remain in GOP hands through 2020 given how dominant the GOP now is at the state level. While Trump had an icy relationship with much of the GOP establishment during his campaign, I really doubt they'll act to obstruct him much in congress given how partisan party voting patterns tend to be. It's quite unlikely, I think, that GOP representatives will vote against their own guy to a degree that would obstruct Trump's agenda and thereby support the democrats. So there's that as well. Trump will be unpopular in most mainstream media, but again they preach to the choir more or less, and Trump has proven himself adept at circumventing this and communicating with his base of support more directly via social media - his twitter account especially (follow him on twitter if you're not already, it's definitely worth it!) and he might even be able to continue playing the whole media thing to his advantage by coming across as the underdog in the face of a hostile media apparatus and "fake news." Hell, I cheered out loud when he came out and called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage." About time somebody did.
Nothing is for certain, of course. He could well lose in 2020. But I doubt that will occur as a result of public frustration with liberal smugness, political correctness or dumb radicals rioting and blocking traffic. That tends to happen in blue state territory as is, and for "the Church of Liberalism", condescending white male guilt are the sermons they've gathered to hear and obstructionist civil disobedience are the sacraments they've gathered to fast and tithe for.
That is exactly why I am a registered independent, and not a democrat. I just can't get on board with the immature and crazy attitudes of a lot of far left dems and academia liberals. They are the left's version of the crazy, end is nigh bible thumpers who stand on street corners holding up signs. Even if there is a topic I might even be inclined to agree with in principle, that behavior is such a turn off, that I become indifferent or actually side against them.
As much as I thought the Tea Party was full of crazies when they were protesting especially during Obama's first term, and the fact that I still believe that some of the more extreme Tea Partiers and the later Trump supporters were motivated by prejudice (maybe not out and out racism, but xenophobia), I have to say that their protests were not nearly as destructive or divisive as the extreme left (IE Occupy Wall Street, BLM, etc).
Both parties have some ideas I agree with. I may lean more left than right, but I consider myself a centrist. It's just a shame that there seems to be no place for that mindset in American politics. Sometimes, I feel like people who are of similar mindset as I am are almost as rare as unicorns. There surely isn't enough to make a difference in elections. It's always the extremes on each side that win out.