Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

White nationalist rally dwarfed by counterprotests

White nationalist rally dwarfed by counterprotests

"One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence", Ivanka Trump tweeted on Saturday, adding: "While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, freedom of speech and diversity of opinion, there is no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country".

"When Trump criticizes "all types of racism" he's using false equivalence to wink at those who peddle in the distortions of white grievance", Rather wrote. A man who espoused neo-Nazi views drove his vehicle into the counterdemonstators, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather D. Heyer.

White supremacists are set to rally outside the White House on Sunday, one year after torch-wielding neo-Nazis clashed with counter demonstrators in a deadly protest that highlighted the growing boldness of the extreme right in the United States.

US President Donald Trump drew heavy criticism previous year after he declined to denounce the first instalment of the rally, titled "Unite the Right", but commented there were "very fine people on both sides".

Americans who think the president tries to put the interests of whites ahead of minorities overwhelmingly say they disapprove of this.

A group of anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 11.


President Donald Trump on Saturday was critical of racism in a tweet acknowledging the anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned deadly a year ago. "I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Mr Trump said in his latest comments on the issue on Saturday. Period. Trump can not say those words because to do so would reaffirm his failure a year ago and, worse, annoy the segment of his white base that thinks they are the victims of racism.

The event's organiser, Jason Kessler, blamed law enforcement at last year's Charlottesville rally for the low turnout. I laid out something that I thought would be very powerful and that was the opportunity of bringing more resources back into distressed communities.

Wearing a black T-shirt with the words "I am a former neo-Nazi, ask me questions" printed across it, Downard said he was in Washington to try to encourage white supremacists to leave the movement.

In sum, Trump has lost the moral authority to govern many times over, not the least of which is because racial division is part and parcel of his appeal to his base.

Trump earlier this week returned on Twitter to one of his favorite themes, calling on the NFL to penalize football players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against blacks and other inequities.

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