Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording

Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording

Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording

President Donald Trump again condemned racism on Saturday in reaction to the establishment media-fueled coverage of the first anniversary of the Charlottesville riots.

'I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

Authorities in the state were criticized for failing to maintain peace during last year's violent rally as they had not planned ahead but this year police said they are prepared to ensure law and order.

Concrete barriers and metal fences had been erected, and police were searching bags at two checkpoints where people could enter or leave.

They declined, though, to detail specific security threats or whether known white supremacists and nationalists, such as rally organizer Jason Kessler, would be in the area.

But in a follow-up press conference days later, Trump held both sides responsible for the violence and equivocated the white nationalists chanting "Jews will not replace us" with the counter-protesters. Crowds of white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed before a auto plowed into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Several dozen demonstrators from the so-called "antifa", or anti-fascist, movement marched to the spot where Heather Heyer was killed a year ago when a man linked to white supremacist groups rammed his auto into counter-protestors. Entrance to the Lawn is limited to Lawn residents and those who have tickets to the Saturday morning event, "The Hope that Summons Us", set for 9 Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. "This is not making anyone that I know feel safe".

She says, "It's nice that they're here to protect us".

Permits for Sunday's "Unite the Right 2" rally indicated that about 400 demonstrators are expected in Lafayette Square, a park adjacent to the White House.

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Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacists near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".

State police and Charlottesville police were unable to communicate by radio the day of the rally because they were on different channels, the report said, and commanders "instructed their officers not to intervene in all but the most serious physical confrontations".

University of Virginia students will hold a rally for justice on Saturday night, on the anniversary of the white supremacist tiki-torch march through their campus.

The man accused in that attack, James Alex Fields of OH, has been charged with first-degree murder.

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State Police inspection bags as they lock down the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

In Virginia, heightened security measures for this weekend's events include State Police and Virginia National Guard presence in Charlottesvile.

Virginia's Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, pre-emptively declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, a procedural move that freed up additional resources.

Keegan Hankes, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center hate monitor, predicted a "very small" turnout, citing the pervasive divisions among far-right groups and ongoing lawsuits against several of last year's high-profile participants, including alt-right leader Richard Spencer and white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, among others.

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