There has long been an "extreme left" that was intolerant, but they used to be a fringe. I see this election as a turning point, though. As a moderate, I have been excluded by members of the Left multiple times, not for taking hard-right views, but simply for proposing that the Right might include people with good values, or for trying to critically analyze certain Left lines of reasoning.
The claim of Left-bigots is that they aren't excluding people over political views, they're excluding people over being horrible people. And perhaps I'm biased here, but as someone who has been very harshly insulted and excluded by the left for implying that they might not be fully grounded on facts in some position or another, I agree strongly with the sense that they are becoming more intolerant.
Riots in the streets, spreading hate, their once rational ideals becoming more and more irrational by the minute, and can resort to violence to get their point across. As a conservative, I do not often agree with the left - but now that they have recently resorted to violence and hate speech, I can no longer respect certain Leftists ideals. They are becoming more intolerant by the day, discriminating against people of certian political beliefs and religions. They should learn to see the right way.
Just like the right wing in America has been doing, the left has been splitting into two factions. However, unlike the division in the right wing, one of the defining differences in the division in the left wing is tolerance. One of these sides, the one of the SJWs and the Feminists has grown steadily less and less tolerant, but in a strange way. They are looking further and further to be tolerant of lesser known groups, from homosexuals, then to trans people, then to non-binary gendered people and on and on, however, they refuse to tolerate white people and males, let alone white males, especially if the white male is a cisgender, Christian and hetero.
America has become a nation that most, if not all, Democratic presidents in the past would neglect. The left got everything under Obama while focusing on how racist the republicans are. The result of this garbage is the anti trump protestors that seem like a bad mix of union and BLM.
To truly see the differences, look and compare the following: The tea party rallies and BLM. The tea party, disagree or not, were peaceful and not directly attacking anyone. Can BLM say the same? Ask Ferguson, Charlotte, Oakland, Baltimore, etc, etc. While republicans cannot even question Obama on any issue, we are then blamed by the liberal media and sheeple of inciting the violence used by BLM and others. This country will never be united and unless we change this soon, neither side will win or have any chance.
I am prime left material "educated, female, asian.... Environmentalist, pro-choice." But more & more I see the Left as being irrational. Demanding free everything (should be for the truly disabled- blind, paraplegic) & free college (hello higher taxes), unsupportable minimum wage (hello unemployment & inflation).... Denouncing anyone with a different point of view. Claiming to not be racist but making fun of a certain "orange" skin color. If you have a different thought, they label you as evil. But welfare states & socialism doesn't work- who wants more red tape & government control?
I read some of the excuses for the intolerance and hate from certain factions of the left (No votes). The reasoning given is they are only intolerant and hateful of people who are the same. This is an irrational excuse. For one it says that one particular group’s set of standards are correct. If I judge you to be hateful then I can be hateful back. The opposing side can make exactly the same claim. We also know that just the act of disagreeing with the point of view of some leftists puts you, in their point of view, as siding with evil.
Ghandi and Martin Luther King would never agree with the idea that you combat hate with more hate. They never hated their enemies. In fact they gave their adversaries the credit of having the same humanity that they had. They hoped through non-violent protest to raise the consciousness of their adversaries to a higher level not provoke them into more hate.
The Left is a hate group for hateful people. And quite frankly I love it. They are against and ask as guard-hounds against all the evils of society. They are needed. If you are a racist, sexist or classicist. You are scum at least in part. Now are they more intolerant than racist, sexist or classicists. No! Because unlike race or sex. Your political views can actually change. Unlike someone who hates black people or an Asian or white supremacist groups you can't be apart of unless you share their skin colour. That's just my two cents.
The Left, I suppose, has always had this general notion that "kindness begets kindness", and after the recent election, everything seemed to have fallen apart for them when Hillary lost and Donald Trump, the world's evil, won. So, having their beliefs shattered, it would make sense that they are becoming more intolerant, especially after things did not go their way- the demonstrations outside Trump Tower, for instance-, primarily towards people who voted for the Republican candidate, whom they perceive as the ones responsible for putting a racist, by inference, in the White House, as opposed to their knight in deleted emails, Hillary Clinton.
Yet, I have to disagree. The Left has always been intolerant, to the maximum, of things that disagree with them, and the hate they are doling out is the same hate they have for racists, sexists and bigots; that is to say, there is nothing new with what they had done in the past, and it only seems as though it has worsen is because now they have people who have explicitly allied themselves with an inferred racist, sexist and bigot, such as to communicate that they have the same values, to hate (the majority, as the election indicates; making the Left the minority- their favorite position). Sure, it isn't fair to assume all White men who voted for Trump are the same as he is, but this kind of expansive hate isn't new; if a White man were seen to apprehend a Black person for stealing, the majority people of the Left reactions would, likely, be to attribute the arrest to racial profiling; they are just mostly peeps who prefer to exhibit heuristic responses, because it's easier, so really, it's more like they have gotten lazier and more assuming.