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“Today the main issue will be discussing is the Unite the Right white supremacist rally and surrounding events in Charlottesville. Protestors, counter protesters, and those wishing to support the injured and deceased have been active in Charlottesville since lm. Friday. Trump’s comments sparked further fury more recently.

Events

  • August 11
  • Events began on Friday when white nationalists marched through the campus of the University of Virginia chanting Nazi phrases.
    • “White lives matter””
    • “You will not replace us”
    • “Jews will not replace us”. (Anti-defamation League)
  • “While waiting for rides at Nameless Field after the march, several of the ‘alt-right’ protesters hurled anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynistic slurs at several reporters and community members asking them questions” (Cavalier Daily)
  • August 12
    • The Unite the Right rally was held in Emancipation Park.
    • A state of emergency was declare at 11:00 AM due to violence against counter protestors by white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.
    • Heather Heyer was killed by a deliberate vehicular ramming in the afternoon. She was protesting against racism at the rally.
      • The vehicle driver–a man with Nazi sympathies–was arrested for the crime.
      • The ramming was declared by H.R. McMaster as an act of “domestic terrorism.”
    • Trump made his first statement
      • We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!” He said, “we condem in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”[142][143][144] He added, “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order.”
        • The decision reportedly came from Steve Bannon, founder of alt-right Breitbart News agency. Bannon feared losing alt-right support.
        • This statement was heavily condemned
        • The Congressional Black Caucus declared Trump’s statement to be due to white supremacy, and added that it was an example of Dog-Whistle Politics and False Equivalency.
        • Following the statement, the NAACP implored Trump to remove Steve Bannon from his position.
  • August 13
    • Vigils and counter protests occurred the day following the rally.
  • August 14
    • On August 14, from the White House, President Trump said:
      “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. […] Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

      • Trump was initially reluctant to make this statement, but was persuaded by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
      • NAACP president Cornell William Brooks said this statement was a “rhetorical minimum.”
      • Many were dissatisfied by how late Trump’s statement arrived.
  • August 16
    • Trump held a Q&A with the press at Trump Tower saying: “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.” Trump also said that there were “very fine people on both sides”.
    • Trump suggested that liberals would attempt to remove statues of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington
    • More than 60 Republican and Democratic members of Congress condemned Trump’s remarks in the press conference (including among others, Senators Bernie Sanders, John McCain,
    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “The president’s continued talk of blame ‘on many sides’ ignores the abhorrent evil of white supremacism…”

 

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