Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes
Aug 12 2018
"One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence", Ms. Trump wrote.
He adds that, "We must come together as a nation".
In a tweet over the weekend, Trump said he condemned "all types of racism and acts of violence". "Peace to all Americans".
Several dozen demonstrators from the so-called "antifa", or anti-fascist, movement marched to the spot where Heather Heyer was killed past year when a man linked to white supremacist groups rammed his vehicle into counter-protestors.
The president infamously blamed protesters "on many sides" for the conflict instead of specifically criticizing the racist sentiment that spurred the tragedy.
Jason Kessler, a white supremacist from Charlottesville who organized last year's Unite the Right rally, and has organized the Washington rally, said list of speakers on his official permit was not accurate.
A group of leftist protesters known as antifa - shorthand for anti-fascists - marched in silence Saturday afternoon to the site of Heyer's death, where those who wanted to pay their respects had used chalk to scrawl messages of remembrance in the street and on the walls of nearby buildings.
Authorities had carefully planned for Saturday's event in Charlottesville, which past year became the scene of the Unite the Right rally's clash with the leftist Antifa protesters.
Members of the Virginia State Police search the belongings of people entering the downtown mall area of the city August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. A state police helicopter later crashed, killing two troopers.
"Wish it could have been here previous year, because we probably could have prevented a lot of things from happening".
Nineteen others were injured in the clash during a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017.
This year's Unite the Right is permitted to allow up to 400 people, but many say the number who will show up will be far less.
Amid imagery of violent confrontations, and two days after the death of a young woman protesting against a massive white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan and drew the most infamous equivalency of his time in office.
"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.
"We are treating this as a statewide event", said Virginia Department of Emergency Management coordinator Jeff Stern.
With many commenters noting her father defended "both sides" at the time, Ivanka got an earful for saying too little, too late.
Indeed, racial divisiveness (e.g., picking fights with African American athletes, calling African Americans "low IQ", referring to mostly nonwhite countries as "shitholes", equating innocent "dreamers" with MS-13 gang members, trying to take away funding from cities that do not spend public-safety dollars rounding up and detaining illegal immigrants who haven't committed serious crimes, the Muslim ban) is central to Trump's presidency.