President Trump marked the anniversary of the lethal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., by calling for unity and condemning “all sorts of racism and acts of violence.”
“The riots in Charlottesville a 12 months in the past resulted in mindless dying and division. We should come collectively as a nation. I condemn all sorts of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL People!” he tweeted.
A white nationalist protest over the removing of a statue of Robert E. Lee turned violent final 12 months when contributors clashed with counter protesters. Counter protester Heather Heyer, was killed when James Fields Jr., drove his automotive right into a crowd.
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Trump was extensively criticized by each Democrats and a few Republicans for blaming “each side” for the protest violence, though he additionally issued a press release from the White Home condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Trump’s tweet on Saturday comes as police block off streets in preparation for rallies and counter-rallies marking the identical anniversary.
Jason Kessler, the organizer of final 12 months’s rally, is planning to carry a “white civil rights” rally on Sunday in Washington, D.C., to mark the anniversary. In the meantime, different occasions are deliberate to advertise racial therapeutic.
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and D.C. declared states of emergency, citing the “potential impacts of occasions” within the space. Streets and parks might be closed and are limiting entry to a “safety space.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.