Donald Trump Condemns Racism on Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

One year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a counterprotester dead, the event's organizer is producing an encore.

Taking to Twitter ahead of a controversial "Unite the Right 2" white supremacist rally tomorrow in Washington, Trump decried the "senseless death and division" spawned by what he called the "riots in Charlottesville". Donald Trump has said he condemns racism, his critics have criticized him and, true to form, someone in Washington found a way to blame the Russians. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

In Washington, hundreds of extra law-enforcement officers were brought in for the rally, promoted by white supremacist and anti-Semite Jason Kessler.

The city says law enforcement at the access points are conducting consensual checks for objects that were banned as a security measure during the weekend anniversary of last summer's violence.

Concrete barriers and metal fences were put up and police were searching bags at checkpoints.

Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's deadly white nationalist rally.

Chaos erupted before the event even began, with participants and counter-protesters brawling in the street. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed when a rally-goer allegedly plowed his auto into a crowd.

On Saturday, anti-fascist marchers in Charlottesville held peaceful demonstrations against white supremacy as many people laid flowers on a makeshift memorial to Heather Heyer, who was killed in last year's violence while protesting the extreme right. 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 a.m.in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. "But today, I feel like high tide is in".

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

According to the Associated Press, Jason Kessler, an organizer of last year's event, vowed to go ahead with plans for an August 12 rally in Washington, DC after Charlottesville denied him a permit.

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

"This event on Sunday will be that which allows the First Amendment to occur because our beat, our daily responsibilities on the National Mall is our nation's civic stage", said Unite States Park Police Chief Robert MacLean.

A year later, Fields is behind bars and facing a slew of charges, including federal hate crimes.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared a state of emergency for the anniversary of last year's rally.

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.

Shut It Down DC, a coalition of more than 20 leftist and social justice organizations, is one of the major groups organizing counter-protests and trainings throughout the weekend.

The remarks swayed from his comments after last year's "Unite the Right" rally in the city, which led to violence and several deaths, when Neo-Nazi sympathizers and counterprotesters clashed during demonstrations.

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