Trump Calls for Unity Ahead of White Nationalist Anniversary Rally

Leroy Wright
August 12, 2018

After last year's deadly Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a Whitman's Sampler of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, paramilitary, and the alt-right got together to spew hate, the white nationalists are doing it all over again this weekend.

The rally is timed for the one-year anniversary of the first Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia, which devolved into chaos and violence resulting in the death of a counter-protester. Almost two dozen people were also injured in the attack, which officials said was carried out by a 21-year-old white man from OH who had demonstrated with the white supremacist groups.

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the "riots" in Charlottesville "resulted in senseless death and division".

Schoep also addressed the Charlottesville, Virginia incident and said his group, "acted in self defense ... we are not the ones creating the violence".

More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are stationed around Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, as the city marks a year since violent white supremacist rallies sparked a deadly attack and open fighting in the streets.

In one of the most recent race-related flareups, a black former White House employee, Omarosa Manigault Newman, has written in an upcoming memoir that Trump was caught on mic uttering a racial slur "multiple times" while making his hit reality TV show "The Apprentice" prior to his presidential run, and that there are tapes to prove it.

As the group and other counter-protestors head for the nation's capital, Hogan has instructed Maryland State agencies to be ready to respond and to coordinate in advance with DC officials. At least two separate anti-white nationalist rallies will also be taking place in Lafayette Park. Events marking the anniversary are expected in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. Trump said then the group included "fine people".

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The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last summer'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 students angry over the heavy security presence there this weekend.

Heyer was killed when a person drove a auto through a crowd of counterprotesters.

"We have a lot of folks in organizing here who were present for the murder of the young woman past year", Lance said. Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

Sunday is the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville, where hundreds of rally participants gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.

Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally.

Carlson's group locked arms and chanted slogans of their own, including "Black Lives Matter!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!". "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said.

Earlier this week, Governor Ralph Northam and the City of Charlottesville declared states of emergency for the city and the Commonwealth as a whole. The city rejected several event permit requests in downtown, including one for "Unite the Right 2".

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