President Donald Trump marked the anniversary of the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia with a tweet that did not single out white supremacists as responsible, while his Jewish daughter named the racist ideology and condemned it.
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally, during which a self-identified white supremacist plowed a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing a woman and injuring more than a dozen others. We must come together as a nation.
Today, I am feeling the same, now familiar feeling of rage and disgust at my fellow Americans, because the alt-right group that arranged the first Unite the Right rally is planning on taking over Washington for another protest.
Many focused on remembering Heyer, who was killed when a auto plowed into counterprotesters in Charlottesville previous year.
The permit application for the rally had listed a number of white supremacist speakers including David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and John Fitzgerald, who was barred from a Congress run as a Republican when he denied the Holocaust.
Accusations of racism have shadowed Trump over his decades as a real estate mogul, reality TV star and President.
"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 tweeted. "It wasn't both sides".
While majorities of white and Hispanic Americans agreed that tensions have increased, African Americans were especially likely to think tensions have risen. Now I'm pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance.
Certainly, his tweets yesterday were a positive sign of a better direction for the nation without any question.
On Saturday the president issued a generic condemnation of racism via Twitter.
Kessler also explained to the New York Times that the low turnout was due to "an atmosphere of intimidation" that emerged after last year's events, as many participants of nationalist groups have been publicly attacked and have even lost their jobs.
Trump has backed legislation investing in opportunity zones with extreme poverty rates and targeting prisoner recidivism rates and criminal justice reform. "I laid out something that I thought would be very powerful, and that was the opportunity zones, bringing more resources back into distressed communities". Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. The rhetoric is not always helpful.
"The other side were the folks who were protesting against hatred, like Heather Heyer", McAuliffe said.