Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

President Trump grew criticism previous year for his initial response the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally as he said "hate" came from "all sides".

The National Park Service (NPS) has granted official permits to multiple counter-protests in Washington D.C.

The counter-protests in Washington have renewed the debate over whether small demonstrations of racist extremists should be ignored, or greeted with forceful public opposition.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was struck and killed when a white supremacist slammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Trump drew condemnation in the days that followed when he appeared to equivocate the actions of white supremacists and those that opposed them.

Last year, on August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision chose to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.

In one of the most recent race-related flareups, a black former White House employee, Omarosa Manigault Newman, has written in an upcoming memoir that Trump was caught on mic uttering a racial slur "multiple times" while making his hit reality TV show "The Apprentice" prior to his presidential run, and that there are tapes to prove it. If so, it's unclear where Trump would come down. The advisory group was then abolished. The white nationalist march is set to conclude at Lafayette Park, essentially the president's backyard, if he wasn't spending the weekend at his golf course in New Jersey.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 troopers will be on duty over the weekend and will be "fully prepared to act" to prevent violence.

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Numerous weapons and items that could be considered an "implement of riots" (see list here) are forbidden in the secure area, as well as masks or hoods that hide one's identity. She said she has activated emergency operations aimed at protecting property and people.

More: What is the alt-right? This Sunday, the same group will be hosting another gathering in Washington, DC. Events over the decades focused on civil rights, LGBT rights, abortion, ending the Vietnam War and other issues have drawn crowds well into the hundreds of thousands. About 400 people are expected to attend the so-called "First Amendment" event.

Some nearby businesses, such as the Lincoln restaurant, said they will close early on Sunday to avoid any conflict or confrontations. "Unless there is something they're not telling us and have some intelligence that the white nationalists will still march in force, it seems like who they're gearing up to monitor and observe and contain and discipline are those of us who want to resist fascism and racism".

A counterprotester who faced down a group of white supremacists that marched through the University of Virginia's campus past year says she's angry at the police response to a student rally on campus marking the anniversary.

'If you rush to heal, if you rush to everybody grab each other and sing kumbaya, we will be back here in a few years, ' she said.

On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E Lee from a park.

Lance also expressed optimism that law enforcement will be fully prepared.

The president's approval rating remains high among Republican voters, leaving most members of his party in Congress loathe to publicly criticize him. "It looked like a war zone previous year".

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