Published: Sun, August 12, 2018

Trump Calls for Unity Ahead of White Nationalist Anniversary Rally

Trump Calls for Unity Ahead of White Nationalist Anniversary Rally

Washington was bracing for a white nationalist rally on Sunday organized to coincide with the anniversary of last year's racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

U.Va. was the scene of a torch-lit march the night before the first Unite the Right rally previous year, where hundreds of white nationalists, carrying Tiki torches, gathered at the rotunda and surrounded a group of counterprotesters around the Jefferson statue. Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, drawing an equivalency between white supremacists and neo-Nazis with the people protesting them.

To avoid a repeat of last year's scenario, when a violent white nationalist rally's clash with the left resulted in one death and dozens of injuries, Charlottesville authorities refused to grant a permit for another "Unite the Right" rally.

He adds that, "We must come together as a nation".

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, was asked by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent and "This Week" co-anchor Jon Karl on "This Week" Sunday if tweets by President Trump on Saturday denouncing "all types of racism" show that he has "gotten the message" about addressing race relations in the U.S. "Peace to ALL Americans!", Trump wrote on Twitter.

The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last year's white supremacist violence that sent ripples through the country with largely peaceful vigils and other events, but police had a brief, tense confrontation with demonstrators angry over the heavy security presence there this weekend. But this year, UVA Students United, Black Lives Matter, Anti-Fascist and community members joined forces to protest.

The city tweeted just before 2:30 p.m. that two arrests had been made so far Saturday.

Officials declared states of emergency for both the city of Charlottesville and the state of Virginia to help law enforcement mobilise state and local resources for security reasons.

The violence culminated with a man driving a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people.

Only took him a year.

. In an interview later Friday on "Anderson Cooper 360", Bro said she thinks it's time to "take the focus off Heather, as Heather would want us to do".

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

Specifically addressing those who were attacked during the march, Ryan said, "I am sorry". They stopped to pay their respects at the corner where a local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an OH man drove his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters following last year's rally.

"I'm not looking forward to what that's going to look like this weekend", she said. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.

An independent investigation of last year's 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.

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