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President Trump Condemns Racism On Anniversary Of Charlottesville Attack

August 11, 2018 - 5:29 pm
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCBS 880) -- President Donald Trump condemned “all forms of racism and violence,” on the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville alt-right march.

Trump took to Twitter to call on Americans to unite one year after a protest march in Virginia sparked a violent clash between participants and counter-protesters.

“The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” Trump wrote. “We much come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”

Last year, white nationalists held a "Unite the Right” rally through the center of Charlottesville. When groups of counter-protesters showed up, violence erupted and one Neo-Nazi drove a car into the crowd, killing one woman and injuring dozens of others.

Trump had a controversial response to the attack in which he said “both sides” were to blame for the conflict.

He called the alt-right protesters “fine people” and was harshly criticized by both Democrats and Republicans.

Since the incident, the president has become heavily involved in even more high-profile debates over race. Most recently, his comments on the NFL’s anthem protests have been blasted as racially insensitive.

On Saturday, another rally was held in Charlottesville and the city took extra safety precautions to ensure there would not be a repeat of the violence.

This time, a group of about 50 anti-fascist supporters marched through parts of the city’s downtown area, many dressed in black and wearing headbands. Some carried a large banner reading: “Good Night, White Pride.”

The city also honored the memory of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, who was killed by the Neo-Nazi that drove into the crowd.