One 12 months after Charlottesville rally, Trump says he condemns all racism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned on Saturday he condemns “all types of racism and acts of violence,” interesting for unity forward of the anniversary of a lethal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump drew sturdy criticism within the days after the Charlottesville rally final 12 months for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying “both sides” had been accountable.

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the “riots” in Charlottesville “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!”

White nationalists held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville final 12 months, billing it as a protest over the removing of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army, the dropping facet within the U.S. Civil War.

Counter-protesters turned out to display in opposition to the rally. James Alex Fields, Jr. is charged with driving his automotive into a bunch of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of individuals. He has pleaded not responsible and his trial is about to start in November.

The organizer of final 12 months’s occasion, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a allow in Charlottesville this 12 months however has secured permission to carry an indication on Sunday in Washington, throughout the road from the White House.

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Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Frances Kerry

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