President Trump Issues Statement Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Anniversary

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The organiser of last year's event, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a permit in Charlottesville this year but has secured permission to hold a demonstration on Sunday in Washington, across the street from the White House. "If we dont say: "Not here, not now" this violence will keep happening on our watch." she said.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville earlier this week declared a state of emergency and have mobilized a large number of police to fend off violence after drawing bitter lessons from last year's riots.

An attempt to reignite white nationalist forces has fallen flat, however, with only around 20 to 40 people attending this year's Washington D.C rally. Police kept the neo-Nazis and counter-protesters apart.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, who also advises Trump, reportedly pressured her father to single out white supremacists and neo-Nazis immediately after the violence previous year, and he did - and then reversed himself within a day, once again blaming both sides. The president condemning all acts of racism and violence is a positive step in the right direction. "Peace to ALL Americans!", Trump wrote on Twitter.

As Mr Trump sent out that message, though, demonstrators had once again gathered in that college town to mark the occasion - with the voices of the anti-white supremacy crowd reportedly carrying the day. He said then that there were "good people on both sides", and later, "blame on both sides".


The counterprotesters lining the rally path chanted "no hate, no fear, KKK is not welcome here", and carried signs that read "solidarity trumps hate."

Trump's tweet on Saturday faced criticism on social media as some jumped on the his wording of "all types of racism", after his claim a year ago that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

"There were a lot of people who were at last year's rally who are very scared this year", he said. "And the fact of the matter is the rhetoric comes from both sides - that we can name some Congress members on the Left who have said some poisonous and toxic things, and I can certainly name folks on the Right who have done the same thing", Scott said.

For more of Margaret Brennan's interview with Mayor Walker, plus a broader look at the state of race relations in America one year after Charlottesville, tune into "Face the Nation" this Sunday. While he gathered some support from his base, who believed that Antifa helped ignite the combustible atmosphere, Trump was widely condemned even by members of his own party, who pointed to the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a Unite the Right demonstrator plowed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters.

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