President Trump tweeted Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally that left anti-racist activist Heather Heyer dead and more than a dozen of her fellow counter-protesters injured:
The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018
Last year, Trump sang a different tune, repeatedly blaming "many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville. Most infamously, and to wide bipartisan critique, he said "not all those people were neo-Nazis, not all those people were white supremacists. You had people that were very fine people on both sides."
"'Very fine people' do not participate in rallies with groups chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans and displaying vile symbols of hate," Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said on Twitter. Read The Week's Simon Maloy on why Charlottesville was Trump's worst failure. Bonnie Kristian