Donald Trump Condemns Racism on Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

Donald Trump Condemns Racism on Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

Facing another round of accusations of bigotry and approaching the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has in recent days gone on the offensive, arguing that he is the president of "ALL Americans".

Demonstrators carry banners on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally for the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Dozens of advocacy groups have come together to coordinate the counter-protests, which will include a march to Lafayette Park, the location where the white supremacists have a permit to protest.

"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted. Among them was Courtney Commander, a friend of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed when a auto plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists.

The mother of Heather Heyer, who died a year ago when a white nationalist slammed his auto into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, has urged people to stay peaceful as Washington DC readies itself for Unite the Right 2.

Trump's message is in stark contrast with the controversial remarks he made almost a year ago, when he blamed the violence in Charlottesville on both the neo-Nazi groups and the counter-protesters, adding that there were "fine people" among the white supremacists, Efe reported.

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Peter Cvjetanovic, right, appears with neo-Nazis, alt-right supporters and white nationalists holding tiki torches and chanting at counterprotesters in Virginia on August 11, 2017.

More than 200 left-wing protesters marched to another part of the University of Virginia campus, where, the AP delicately notes, "many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear who had formed a line". Gov. Northam declared a state of emergency in advance, allowing Charlottesville to have a heavy police presence. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.

The "riots" - a blob without definition - did not "result" in "death and division" - two more blobs with no definition.

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Chicharito added: "The manager called me before the World Cup because he knew my situation was hard at the end of last season, and he made me feel very good".

After last year's protests, debates erupted on whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed.

Susan Bo (left, in Charlottesville on Friday) told counter-protesters to make sure they stay safe at Sunday's Unite the Right 2 event in Washington.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to Trump, said on Sunday that the media was "just not covering" the president's repeated denunciations of white nationalists.

"I think there is blame on both sides", the president told reporters that day in August 2017.

An independent investigation of the rally violence, led by a former federal prosecutor, found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.

"This anniversary is also a time to look forward".

"We don't want to be painted as victims", Carlson said on Saturday, several hours before students and activists gathered for a rally near the statue on the anniversary of the campus confrontation. You let it go and you're OK until the next one comes.

"Out of the bars into the streets", they chanted. He added that the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville included "some very fine people".

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