Facing another round of accusations of bigotry and approaching the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has in recent days gone on the offensive, arguing that he is the president of "ALL Americans".
On Saturday, anti-fascist marchers in Charlottesville held peaceful demonstrations against white supremacy as many people laid flowers on a makeshift memorial to Heather Heyer, who was killed in last year's violence while protesting the extreme right.
Trump came under heavy criticism, including from Republicans, for initially refusing past year to explicitly condemn white supremacists.
"We must come together as a nation", Trump wrote on Twitter from his golf club in New Jersey.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, was asked by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent and "This Week" co-anchor Jon Karl on "This Week" Sunday if tweets by President Trump on Saturday denouncing "all types of racism" show that he has "gotten the message" about addressing race relations in the U.S. Peace to ALL Americans!More news: Fossils on an Australian Beach Reveal a Shark-Eat-Shark World
Students from the University of Virginia, along with residents and anti-fascists, march across campus during a "Rally for Justice" on August 11, 2018, near downtown Charlottesville as the city marks the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally.
On August 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 to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park.
There were no arrests made during Saturday night's event on UVA's grounds, however police did arrest three people during the day in Charlottesville. In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam declared in a state of emergency in the city and ordered the Virginia National Guard to be on standby should any riots arise. The following day, a much larger gathering of white nationalists near a downtown park erupted into violence. They unfurled a banner reading "Last year they came w/ torches".
Authorities have promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out a year ago in downtown Charlottesville.
"We have seen in the past where these two groups have been in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations", Newsham said at a press briefing Thursday.
The violence culminated with a man driving a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 people. A state police helicopter later crashed, killing two troopers.More news: Indian envoy to Pakistan meets PTI chief Imran Khan
Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacist marchers near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".
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.
The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.
"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides", Trump had said.
Bro said Heyer, a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, helped her understand white privilege, and she has been attempting to explain that to others.More news: USA stocks closed mixed amid data, earnings