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Trump’s performance after Charlottesville makes him the…

Trump’s performance after Charlottesville makes him the apologist in chief for racists

  • 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. 

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The artist behind the mural of Heather Heyer: “It just seemed…

The artist behind the mural of Heather Heyer: “It just seemed like the right thing to do”

  • 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)

VA’s lieutenant governor blasts Trump’s “deplorable” rebuke of…

VA’s lieutenant governor blasts Trump’s “deplorable” rebuke of Charottesville counterprotesters

  • On Wednesday, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam strongly condemned Trump’s Tuesday remarks 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)

Heather Heyer’s mom gives heartbreaking yet stirring funeral…

Heather Heyer’s mom gives heartbreaking yet stirring funeral speech

Trump’s talking points from Tuesday night’s off-the-rails press…

Trump’s talking points from Tuesday night’s off-the-rails press conference mirror that of the far right almost exactly. 

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Sisters injured in Charlottesville attack are suing Unite the…

Sisters injured in Charlottesville attack are suing Unite the Right’s organizer. Can they win?

  • 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)

Live video: Memorial service for Charlottesville victim Heather…

Live video: Memorial service for Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer