The significance of President Donald Trump’s recent remarks on deadly white supremacist violence in Virginia cannot be overstated.
After an attack at the “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one dead and more than a dozen injured, Trump condemned the rally’s Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi participants. But just a day later, he suggested that some of the Klansmen and Nazis were good people, and that the anti-racist counterprotesters also deserved blame for the chaos.
In several tweets, Trump has fawned over monuments to pro-slavery Confederates — statues that many communities have taken down in the wake of the Charlottesville attack. The president tweeted his compliments Saturday to an estimated 40,000 anti-racist counterprotesters in Boston who peacefully opposed a small-by-comparison “free speech” rally. Read more.
As people packed into the Paramount Theater for Heyer’s memorial service, Sam Welty was nearby, working on a chalk mural in her honor.
“Someone who works for the city who was helping coordinate the memorial, he just called to see if I was available to come up and do this,” Welty said in a phone call with Mic. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.” Read more (8/16/17)
On Wednesday, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam strongly condemned Trump’s Tuesdayremarks equating anti-racist counterprotesters with the violent white nationalists.
“They were deplorable,” Northam said of Trump’s comments. “White supremacists and neo-Nazis came to Charlottesville for violence. There’s no question about that. And for the president to say there were ‘different sides’ [responsible for] this — there was only one side, and that was the white supremacists that came into Charlottesville.”
Northam, who is running for Virginia governor on the Democratic ticket, said Trump revealed “his true colors” when he suggested a moral equivalency between the far-right demonstrators and what Trump termed the “alt-left.” Read more (8/6/17 4 PM)
Two sisters who were injured when James Alex Fields Jr., 20, plowed through a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, are suing white nationalists.
According to their suit, Tadrint Washington and Micah Washington did not participate in the rally but were driving home when Fields took off.
They smashed into the dashboard and windshield, causing “serious injuries to their heads and extremities,” along with emotional injuries.
The suit names Fields and 27 other white nationalists associated with the rally, including Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and alt-right leader Richard Spencer.
The sisters say the white nationalists “intended to cause physical harm and incite fear in the public” and are seeking $3 million in damages.
According to Kenneth Abraham, a law professor at the University of Virginia, which is in Charlottesville, the Washingtons have a “conceivable,” but challenging case ahead of them in their 28-page suit against the white nationalists. Read more (8/16/17)