Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2018

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence", appealing for unity.

The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a vehicle rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017. Charlottesville dedicated part of the street to the 32-year-old who was struck when a vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting the white nationalist rally.

A memorial to Heather Heyer - who was killed at last year's Charlottesville rally by a driver facing murder and hate crime charges - stands at the site of her death.

"We must come together as a nation", Trump wrote on Twitter from his golf club in New Jersey. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to all Americans".

The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally. I hope that as we remember the lives lost a year ago, we also renew our commitment to equity and diversity.

- Businesses in the District where white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazis are planning to hold the Unite the Right rally on Sunday have stated they will refuse service to anyone with hate in their heart.

The crowd was eventually forced to disperse but a vehicle that authorities say was driven by a man fascinated with Adolf Hitler later plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters.

In the year since Charlottesville, there has been resistance from the Republican- controlled state legislature to let cities remove Confederate monuments, which is a key issue in Charlottesville (2017 file photo).

The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people. They unfurled a banner reading "Last year they came w/ torches".

The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was hit by a auto and killed last year, has also spoken publicly leading up to the anniversary.

"Our main message is that we want people to see Kessler and his allies for what they really are", Shallal said.

In Washington, hundreds of extra law-enforcement officers were brought in for the rally, promoted by white supremacist and anti-Semite Jason Kessler.

In addition, two police officers died in a helicopter crash while they were monitoring the protests.

One year ago, white supremacists led a surprise torch march at UVA.

In the forthcoming memoir, Manigault Newman says there are recordings of Trump using "the n-word" during tapings of his NBC reality show and that she personally witnessed him using racial epithets.

Since last year's rally, city officials have ween working on a public safety plan.

A report on last year's rally found city and state police weren't able to communicate by radio during the unrest because they didn't properly coordinate ahead of time.

Bro said Heyer, a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, helped her understand white privilege, and she has been attempting to explain that to others.

"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.

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