A guide to Charlottesville.
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In Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, a “Unite the Right” rally was held. Counter-protesters gathered to resist, and a driver sped a car into a crowd of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and injuring at least 19 others.
The “Unite the Right” rally was called to bring together white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and white nationalist groups from across the nation. Members of organizations such as the Proud Boys, the National Socialist Movement, the Traditional Workers Party, the League of the South, and Identity Evropa attended the event, aligning in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The night before Heather was killed, on August 11, some marched through the University of Virginia campus armed with torches, giving Nazi salutes, and chanting racist slogans.
What happened in Charlottesville over the weekend is a terror attack.
So why is it so hard for the leader of the free world -- who is usually so quick to tweet at the smallest outrage -- to call out the white supremacists and Nazis by name? President Trump condemned the rally but then blamed it on "many sides." Remember, one side was there -- chanting and hurling epithets at every minority group - gays, women, African Americans, Jews -- and calling for racial purity. The other wasn't. Both Republicans and Dems alike ripped the President.
Trump's allies spent the rest of the weekend doing clean up, with Vice President Mike Pence saying the country had "zero tolerance for hate." Someone else at the White House said it was obvious that Trump condemned those groups. But that official wouldn't say it on the record. Trump's Twitter feed has been silent on the violence since Saturday night.
It took a number of days, but President Trump finally condemned and called out by name the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremist groups that brought violence and death to Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend in a weak and lack luster speech and for many, this was just too little, too late.
Trump's delay in condemning the groups was apparently the last straw for a trio of CEOs. The heads of Merck, Intel and Under Armour all quit the President's manufacturing council. Trump almost immediately lashed out at Kenneth Frazier, Merck's CEO, raising even more eyebrows. Critics pointed out that the President took just minutes to hit Frazier, one of the country's most prominent black business leaders, but waited days to take on white supremacists.
Even by Donald Trump's standards, this was stunning. Just a day after he condemned and called out by name white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists groups who violently rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, the President did a bewildering, unexpected about-face and pretty much took it all back. At a press event that was supposed to be about infrastructure, Trump said "both sides" -- the so-called alt-right and alt-left -- were responsible for the violence at the "Unite the Right" rally that left a counterprotester dead. He also said that there were some "very fine people" among the torch-carrying, insult-yelling, Nazi flag-waving throng that marched through the city.
Democrats were incensed. A lot of Republicans were, too. Criticism on social media was blistering. Well, not all of it, because extremist groups were thrilled. David Duke even sent Trump a Twitter thank you. White House aides were just as stunned as the rest of us ("That was all him," one said later). CNN's Chris Cillizza says Trump is who we thought he was.
So where do we go from here? Whatever road we take will be lined with a lot more conflict. And the drive to remove Confederate monuments likely will pick up. Baltimore took down at least two of its statues early this morning.
Thousands of people gathered for a candlelit vigil at the University of Virginia, as Charlottesville -- and the nation -- try to understand the chaos and tragic deaths tied to a white nationalist rally. It came as President Trump remained defiant following his comments that "both sides" -- white nationalists and their opponents -- are to blame for heightened tensions at the rally and elsewhere.
And fallout from Trump's remarks is still reverberating. A few more CEOs left the President's business councils before he shut them down. A former CIA chief called Trump's comments "dangerous," and top White House aide Steve Bannon, a self-described economic nationalist, reportedly called white nationalists "clowns"; meantime, another top aide, first daughter Ivanka Trump, hasn't commented on what her dad said. In a rare move, top military commanders spoke out about Charlottesville, condemning white nationalists but steering clear of the commander in chief. And now there's growing concern that Trump's comments may be making him so radioactive -- outside of his base -- that it'd be almost impossible for him to govern.
Is Donald Trump losing the Republican Party? We know his base is with him no matter what, but there may be some cracks in his support among GOP politicians. Two Republican senators laid into the President, not just over his comments about the Charlottesville protests but also about whether he's up to the job. Sen. Bob Corker said Trump hasn't demonstrated the "stability" or "competence" needed to be a good President. Ouch. And Sen. Tim Scott said the President's moral authority was compromised by his Charlottesville remarks. Meantime, Trump is feuding on Twitter with Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake. CNN's Stephen Collinson says Trump is driving away the few political friends he has and living up his standing as outsider.
The chaos in Charlottesville was prompted by objections to an attempt to remove a Confederate statue. Now the long-running debate over what to do with Confederate statues, flags and other symbols has been reignited. President Trump tweeted that removing them would hurt US culture. The governor of Maine said tearing them down, like protesters did in North Carolina, would be like ripping down 9/11 memorials. But the great-great-grandchildren of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson say it's time to let the monuments and statues go. Here's a rundown of where things stand.
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source: cnn, esquire, the economist, WSJ, NYT, teen vogue, cnn, quartz, msnbc, wikipedia.