Last weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a 32-year-old woman by the name of Heather Heyer was killed when white supremacist James Fields drove his car into a crowd of demonstrators against white supremacy. Her death came as thousands of white supremacists descended upon the town in “protest” of the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee.
You’d think that it would be easy for the president to figure out which side is worth condemnation here, but it wasn’t. The president has continually insisted that both sides are equally in the wrong when it comes to Charlottesville.
Now, Susan Bro — Heather Heyer’s mother — has a message for the belligerent president.
She appeared this Friday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America and stated, quite simply, that she is not interested in having any contact with the president in the wake of him refusing to single out for condemnation the group that killed her daughter.
Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts asked Bro about this, saying:
‘We understand that the president has reached out — have you talked to him directly yet?’
She responded forcefully, saying:
‘I have not, and now I will not.’
She elaborated to add some context to her refusal to interact with the president, saying:
‘At first I just missed his calls… I hadn’t really watched the news until last night, and I’m not talking to the president now. I’m sorry, but after what he said about my child… I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters like Ms. Heyer with the KKK and the white supremacists… You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I’m sorry.’
We all understand completely, Ms. Bro.
The president, in his commentary on the situation in Charlottesville, mirrored comments made by none other than Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, who criticized Heyer’s appearance, characterized her as a drain on society and claimed that people are glad she is dead.
The president has very few allies in his characterization of the situation. Numerous Congressional leaders — including Republicans — have all spoken out against him.
Watch a video clip from Heather Heyer’s mother’s Friday appearance on ABC below.
WATCH: “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I’m sorry.” Mother of Charlottesville victim speaks out. pic.twitter.com/vNiGNgFERi
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 18, 2017
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