Both Republicans and Democrats were critical of President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville.
Some believe he was wrong to criticize the violence by counter-protesters and others believed he should have singled out the white supremacists. But according to The Daily Caller, the mother of the woman who died was grateful for his words. “Thank, you President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred,” Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother said in a statement.
The death of Heather Heyer was shocking, considering the protests had started out rather peacefully. White supremacists wearing Nazi memorabilia were protesting the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Violence broke out when counter-protesters, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter, arrived and the two groups clashed.
Then things shockingly escalated when James A. Fields, a white supremacist supporter, drove his car into the counter-protester crowd, leaving 19 injured and Heather Heyer dead.
According to NBC News, Trump immediately responded with the following statement “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”
Many criticized the comment saying he needed to identify the white supremacists by name or condemning him for criticizing the violence perpetrated by the counter-protesters. An example of this was Attorney General for Virginia Mark Herring (D-VA) when he tweeted “The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of ‘many sides.’ It is racists and white supremacists.”
Later in an official statement, Trump said, “Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief, and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love.”
He also directly targeted the white supremacists for their crimes: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Yet once again critics were quick to condemn his speech according to The Guardian. Many said this should have been his words immediately following the reports of violence, despite lacking the proper information to responsibly make such a statement.
Yesterday, however, Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, expressed her thanks for Trump’s words saying: “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort, and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred. My condolences, also, to the grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovery for those injured.”
The two state troopers Bro referred to are Jay Cullen and Burke Bates, who were en route to provide aerial surveillance over the rally, when their helicopter crashed. The cause of the fatal crash has not been identified.
Hopefully, Bro’s statement of thanks will serve as a reminder of what really is important–the death of Heather Heyer. What Trump said or didn’t say shouldn’t be overshadowing this tragedy, yet liberal media has made it so, ignoring what’s truly important in their effort to bash Trump.
What racism remains in America should be dealt with, but the important lesson here is the evils of violence and murder to voice opposition and deal with problems. The man who used his car to take a life should be condemned. America must move forward to build unity, not focus on petty matters.