This Wednesday is the third anniversary of a violent 2017 riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, that claimed the life of demonstrator Heather Heyer when a neo-Nazi rammed their vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, which unfolded amidst neo-Nazi rioting around the city. The far-right groups had visited the city in the first place for the supposed reason of protesting in defense of a statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but the incidents quickly spiraled. After the violence, President Donald Trump infamously insisted that there had been “very fine people” on both sides of the chaos. On Wednesday, the anti-Trump Republicans behind The Lincoln Project released a video highlighting how, in the time since, “nothing has changed,” as they put it. Trump still backs racists.
In the video, the group placed a recent claim from Trump that his team would work for the betterment of all Americans alongside footage of the realities of the racist violence in Charlottesville that Trump infamously struggled to effectively condemn. The video also places a Trump claim that the Republican Party supports “law and order” alongside footage of authorities brutalizing peaceful protesters right outside the White House. That particular June 1 incident took place right before Trump held a photo op at a church in the area where the peaceful protesters were, although the Trump administration has claimed that the two incidents are unrelated.
Check out the new video from The Lincoln Project below:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 12, 2020
This Wednesday was also the day after the Joe Biden campaign officially announced California Senator Kamala Harris as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s running mate. On Wednesday, Biden and Harris publicly spoke alongside one another for the first time since the announcement, and they’re set to deliver public speeches again soon when the Democratic National Convention takes place next week.
In the meantime, Biden has connected his decision to run for president to the Charlottesville violence. On Wednesday, Biden said that the violence “was a wake-up call for all of us as a country,” adding that it was a “wake-up call” for him personally, too. In the time since Charlottesville, Trump has made his commitment to racist antagonism abundantly clear — just this week, he touted his plan to keep low income housing from “invading” suburbs. Could the racial undertones have been any more clear? It’s marginalized communities like black Americans who often live in low income housing.
Joe Biden: "Today is not only the day I'm proud to introduce Sen. Harris…it's also the third anniversary of that terrible day in Charlottesville."
— ABC News (@ABC) August 12, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to the new Lincoln Project video below: