Dan Rather: Trump's Charlottesville Comments 'Divisive, Provocative'

Posted August 15, 2018

Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.

The Unite the Right march gave way to violence, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer after a self-identified white supremacist rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters.

"We must come together as a nation", he said.

The President tweeted this morning, "I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence".

Organized by Unite the Right - the same network that called last year's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sunday's rally will once again see the extremists stand face-to-face with anti-fascists, who are staging a counter protest.

Charlottesville and state leaders are weighing in on how the August 11 and 12 anniversary weekend panned out in the city.

US President Donald Trump drew heavy criticism past year after he declined to denounce the first instalment of the rally, titled "Unite the Right", but commented there were "very fine people on both sides".

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

"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.

"We must come together as a nation" is rich coming from the president who has done more to fan anti-immigrant, racist hatred than any modern president.

Donald Trump, as the NYT put it, has made it clear that he does not accept criticism of his response to Charlottesville violence.

"Rather than tearing each other down with hatred, racism & violence, we can lift one another up, strengthen our communities and strive to help every American achieve his or her full potential".

In his initial remarks about the violent clashes that killed counterprotester Heather Heyer, the president said there were "very fine people on both sides". What seems like an effort to show support for those impacted by last year's violence in Charlottesville appears to have gone terribly wrong. He ended his tweet by wishing "Peace to ALL Americans!" "So my feeling is (providing) more information from both sides of the issue", he said. The station saw increased ridership Sunday on the line into Washington, where a "Unite the Right" event drew counterprotesters.

Since becoming mayor, Walker said, she hasn't heard from any Trump administration officials about the violence last August.

Authorities in Washington are confident in their ability to do better this year because, unlike Charlottesville, they do handle hundreds of these rallies, called First Amendment events.