Pres. Trump Calls For Peace, Condemns Racism, One Year After Charlottesville Riots

Pres. Trump Calls For Peace, Condemns Racism, One Year After Charlottesville Riots

Shortly before a pre-planned evening rally to mark the anniversary of a campus confrontation between torch-carrying white nationalists and counter-protesters, activists unfurled a banner that said, "Last year they came w/ torches".

"A group of white nationalists came to a peaceful Virginia town seeking to use hate and division to incite violence against fair-minded, innocent civilians", Warner tweeted.

At that time, Trump argued there was blame on both sides and equated the actions of white nationalists, who carried Nazi flags and chanted "Jews will not replace us", to that of counterprotesters.

The National Park Service approved an application for what was described as a "white civil rights" rally on August 12, at D.C.'s Lafayette Park. States of emergency were declared Wednesday for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Charlottesville.

Here we go again! Officials said roughly 700 members of the Virginia State Police would be in the area and about 300 Virginia National Guard members would be on standby.

Kyle Rodland, who took his young sons to get ice cream downtown, said he felt much safer than a year ago, when he left town with his family and stayed with his parents after seeing people armed with long rifles walking around outside his home.

Rally participants are likely to be outnumbered by passionate counter-protesters. 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.

Several white supremacists are expected to speak at the second annual Unite the Right rally, including David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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"It means that I'm making available every resource.to ensure that we have safe events", she said at a news conference that was held at a Washington synagogue.

Amid criticism for his original comment, Trump delivered a statement at the White House two days later that seemed to walk back his earlier remark and specifically called out racist groups.

He then condemned all types of racism and acts of violence.

The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally. The Park Service also has approved a permit for the ANSWER Coalition and Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which is combining forces with DC Unite Against Hate. At least two separate anti-white nationalist rallies will also be taking place in Lafayette Park. "I have to stand up for myself, I have to stand up for my young guns (employees) and any other black person who can't". "Well, guess what? You just magnified her.' - drawing a standing ovation from the crowd". "They are reclaiming that space because a year ago white supremacists came with their torches and took over that part of campus".

"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.

"We did not want to have the entire city militarized", said King.

"We still have a lot of things to do in this city", said King.

But the mayor said residents also recognize that people with all sorts of views flock to the nation's capital.

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