Monday, 15 October, 2018

President Trump Issues Statement Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Anniversary

Heavy security marks Charlottesville protests anniversary Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary
Lance Thomas | 15 August, 2018, 03:13

Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.

"Riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", he wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning.

The protest was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday in a plaza at the University of Virginia, in honour of former US President Thomas Jefferson.

'We must come together as a nation.

This year, he changed his rhetoric, instead denouncing "all types of racism and acts of violence".

Charlottesville rejected Unite the Right's request to stage the repeat rally, so the march has been relocated to Washington, DC, where police have promised a heavy presence that will separate the demonstrators from the likely much-larger counter-protester gathering.

White nationalists held the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville past year to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

President Trump grew criticism a year ago for his initial response the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally as he said "hate" came from "all sides".

The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people.

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the person they say attacked a police officer on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall Saturday evening.

"I think there are a number of steps that the president has taken to move us in a better direction", he said, citing Trump's support of the opportunity zones legislation and his meetings with African-American pastors and business leaders in the year since the Charlottesville rally. But then, shortly afterward, he said that while there were bad people in the white supremacist group, "you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides".

August 12th, 2018 marks one year since Heather Heyer was tragically killed by a neo-nazi in Charlottesville in a violent ordeal known as the "Unite the Right" rally.

But just a day later, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Virginia, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands". The rally is being billed as a "white civil rights rally" meant to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

Since becoming mayor, Walker said, she hasn't heard from any Trump administration officials about the violence last August.

"The fact of the matter is the rhetoric comes from both sides, that we can name some Congress members on the left who have said some poisonous and toxic things and I can certainly name folks on the right who have done the same thing", Scott said.

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