Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Donald Trump condemns racism on anniversary of violent Charlottesville alt-right rally

Donald Trump condemns racism on anniversary of violent Charlottesville alt-right rally

"Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

State Police inspection bags as they lock down the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

"I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client", said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed almost a year ago in a vehicle attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.

Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump's daughter and a White House adviser, has explicitly condemned "white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism" in a manner her father seems reluctant to do. "It's so fraught with what's happened that I feel I need to be away this weekend", McKeithen says.

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Congressman Tom Garrett, R. -Va., on Saturday said Russian Federation is to blame for some of the hate spewed from last year's rally. "What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem?" "I wonder what planet they live on".

He boasted again Sunday morning about having produced the "LOWEST African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history", and added that he will also push for "prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance".

Attendees: According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the rally's confirmed speakers include neo-Nazi Patrick Little, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, South African survivalist Simon Roche, a guy from Patriot Prayer, the editor of the Revolutionary Conservative, Kessler's reported attorney Corey Mahler, and "pro-white" town manager Tom Kawczynski. On Saturday the president issued a generic condemnation of racism in one of seven tweets of the day.

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"'All types.' 'Both sides.' Continuing to advance a narrative of moral equivalency between racists and those opposed to racism, so as not to tick of his white supremacist supporters", Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, posted on Twitter.

An African-American congressman from Maryland said Trump words this weekend against racism "ring hollow" in light of his administration's actions toward immigrant children, on health care and on ensuring eligible Americans are able to vote.

"The problem is context", Cohen said.

Stern and other state, county and city officials said to expect large numbers of law enforcement officers in and around Charlottesville as part of a large-scale, multiagency safety and security plan to head off violence.

The "Unite the Right" rally in a Charlottesville park was organized in 2017 by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate States Army during the U.S. Civil War.

Washington police chief Peter Newsham said firearms will be prohibited at the rallies, even for gun owners with legal licenses.

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But Trump was already facing significant scrutiny for racially charged comments he'd made on social media recently about professional athletes - and newly surfaced allegations by Omarosa Manigault Newman that he used racial slurs on the set of the Apprentice.

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