Donald Trump condemns racism on anniversary of violent Charlottesville alt-right rally

Erika Holt
August 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump condemned "all types of racism and acts of violence" on the first anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Peter Cvjetanovic, right, appears with neo-Nazis, alt-right supporters and white nationalists holding tiki torches and chanting at counterprotesters in Virginia on August 11, 2017.

Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, alarming activists who plan to rally against the hatred and bloodshed that shocked the nation last summer.

On Aug. 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision chose to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.

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

President Trump is urging "peace to all Americans" as cities across the USA are bracing for Unite the Right 2018 marches this weekend. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists from across the country to the Virginia college town. She writes that Trump used the slur when he hosted The Apprentice reality show, where she and Trump first encountered each other.

Resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health and Virginia National Guard will be present in Charlottesville over the weekend. No cars were permitted in the central business area, and pedestrians had to pass through security checkpoints before they could enter. A 28-year-old North Carolina man was arrested for trespassing and a 64-year-old man from surrounding Albemarle County, Virginia, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Both were released on misdemeanor summons.

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The racist provocateur who organized last year's far-right rally has moved on to Washington, DC, where he has received a permit to stage a "white civil rights rally" on Sunday in front of the White House. Controversy also surrounded the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

On August 12, fighting broke out between neo-Nazi supporters and anti-fascists from a black-clad group called Antifa.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence.

Christopher Malone, a political-science professor and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Molloy College, said Trump's racially charged outbursts are part of a calculated effort to appeal to whites, especially those with a sense of cultural grievance, and is best expressed through his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again". "I certainly predict that they will be much more professional and much more even-handed and do much more to contribute to safety", he said. Trump said then the group included "fine people". Another book accuses him of being a "racist, bigot and misogynist" who calls blacks "niggers" and routinely denigrates women. He denies the allegations.

Mr. Trump also said he is "proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history".

Keegan Hankes, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center hate monitor, predicted a "very small" turnout, citing the pervasive divisions among far-right groups and ongoing lawsuits against several of last year's high-profile participants, including alt-right leader Richard Spencer and white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, among others. Manigault now claims that she was offered "hush money" in the form of a $ 15,000 month contract by the President's daughter-in-law Lara Trump to work with her - in exchange for her silence about Trump and his family.

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