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Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

15 August 2018

Scott, the U.S. Senate's only black Republican member, said the president's Twitter message ahead of Sunday's Unite the Right rally in Washington, D.C., marking the one-year anniversary of the clashes was a "positive sign of a better direction for the nation without any question".

"It's clear from the action of this president, 45 - that's probably the first time I've said "president" with this administration - that a lot of the hate that we're dealing with, he's bringing to light", Walker said in an interview with "Face the Nation" that will air Sunday.

This year, he changed his rhetoric, instead denouncing "all types of racism and acts of violence".

After the riots were dispersed, an OH man associated with white nationalist groups drove a vehicle into the crowd of counter-protesters who were marching peacefully, killing 32-year-old Heyer and injuring 19 others.

Over 600 people gathered in Charlottesville to express their rejection of white supremacy, nearly a year after the neo-Nazi protests left three dead in this United States city.

He recalled seeing neo-Nazis and white supremacists demonstrating in his state that weekend and took issue with Trump's "both sides" comment previous year.

Last year's protests began August 11 and saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, yelling white nationalist slogans and wielding flaming torches in scenes eerily reminiscent of racist rallies held in America's South before the Civil Rights movement.

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Police in northern Virginia's Fairfax County also reported the arrest of a man accused of spitting on state troopers providing security at a Metro station.

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the person they say attacked a police officer on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall Saturday evening. A Politico-Morning Consult poll found that "55 percent of voters say race relations have worsened under Trump, compared with 16 percent who say they have gotten better". But then, shortly afterward, he said that while there were bad people in the white supremacist group, "you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides". Peace to ALL Americans!'

The event's organiser, Jason Kessler, blamed law enforcement at last year's Charlottesville rally for the low turnout.

President Donald Trump was roundly condemned past year for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

"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.

Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night a year ago.

Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary