President Donald Trump also waded into the topic on Twitter- In the aftermath of the chaos in Charlottesville in August of 2017, he chose to condemn, “hate, bigotry and violence- on many sides.” This year, he tweeted out, “Riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
In Charlottesville itself, the downtown was under a state of emergency. Four arrests were made, but the day was largely peaceful. Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, killed in last year’s clashes, laid flowers in the spot where her daughter was killed. She was supported by those who had come out to hold a vigil in remembrance.
“There’s so much healing to do,” she said. “We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this, or we’ll be right back here in no time.”
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