One year after the tragic Charlottesville march, more than 200 protestors planned a rally on Saturday evening amidst peaceful vigils at the University of Virginia to mark the anniversary of the confrontation between tiki torch-toting white nationalists and counter-protestors.
The president's tweet comes ahead of planned events to mark the one-year anniversary August 12 of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally, an event where protesters gathered, some in opposition to the removal of Confederate statues, others in support of white supremacy.
Trump ignited one of the biggest firestorms of criticism of his presidency over his response to the violent "Unite the Right" rally, in which he drew a moral equivalence between the white supremacists and neo-Nazis that descended on the college town and those who protested against them.
On Saturday, a day before today's one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville clashes, Trump tweeted that he condemns "all types of racism" and that the nation needs to come together.
"I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence", Trump wrote.
A group anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., August 11, 2018. I hope that as we remember the lives lost a year ago, we also renew our commitment to equity and diversity.
The "Unite the Right" rally in a Charlottesville park was organized in 2017 by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate States Army during the U.S. Civil War.
On Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam and the city both declared states of emergency, citing the "potential impacts of events" in Charlottesville during the anniversary weekend. Many participants dressed as if they were headed to battle, shouted racist slurs and clashed violently with counter-protesters.
Kyle Rodland, who took his young sons to get ice cream downtown, said he felt much safer than past year, when he left town with his family and stayed with his parents after seeing people armed with long rifles walking around outside his home. "It's another thing when we look at the direction that you're going and see that the very things that you say that you stand for, you undermine through your actions".
"Last year was a whole different story".
One year ago, white supremacists led a surprise torch march at UVA.
Carlson said police didn't intervene to help her or her friends that night previous year. A state police helicopter later crashed, killing two troopers.
Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest a year ago.
Bro said the event had sparked painful memories of her daughter's death, which has led to murder charges against the alleged driver of the vehicle, James Fields.
With many commenters noting her father defended "both sides" at the time, Ivanka got an earful for saying too little, too late.
Charlottesville is some 187 kilometers from Washington, but officials and opponents of the white nationalist rally fear some protesters may travel to Washington or parts of nearby Northern Virginia.