DC police, protesters prepare for white nationalist rally

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"We must come together as a nation", Trump wrote on Twitter from his golf club in New Jersey. Police at last year's event were criticized for being caught off guard by the violence, failing to keep feuding groups apart and not reacting quickly enough as fights broke out. Peace to ALL Americans!'

White nationalists exchange volleys of pepper spray with counterprotesters as they enter Lee Park during the Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.

Counter-protesters chant, a day before a white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, outside the White House in Washington, U.S., August 11, 2018.

Last year, when white supremacy groups collided in Charlottesville, Virginia, the confrontations were deadly.

More counter-protests: The Daily Beast reports that 18 anti-racist, anti-fascist, and feminist groups have organized a "DC United Against Hate" coalition, which will be counter-protesting throughout the weekend.

His apparent refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and violent white nationalist groups elicited strong bipartisan pushback.

Mr. Trump faced bipartisan criticism for his response in the aftermath of the unrest previous year.

Virginia declared a state of emergency earlier this week.

The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.

"I just think that we all very aware of what type of person now occupies the White House and the terrorism that has faced the nation because - partly because he's there", Mayor Nikuyah Walker said on CNN Friday.

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Those torches carried by white supremacists in Charlottesville a year ago shone a light on an ugly truth.

'As long as I'm working, I'm not thinking too much or feeling too much, ' Bro said.

Students say they're disgusted with the school because it didn't waive medical feels for last year's rally victims. They stopped to pay their respects at the corner where a local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an OH man drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters following last year's rally.

Organizer: The event was organized by Jason Kessler, who already had last year's rally on his resume.

National Public Radio faced wide criticism on Friday for running an interview with Kessler in which he recited white nationalist talking points and ranked the intelligence of different races on air.

The "Unite the Right 2" rally is being billed as a "white civil rights rally" meant to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville".

Two Virginia state troopers who were monitoring the rally were later killed in the line of duty when their helicopter crashed.

In Charlottesville, a Robert E. Lee statue was covered by a tarp and then removed numerous times.

Trump has retweeted white nationalist material, said Mexicans crossing the U.S. border are rapists and drug dealers, once referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as "Miss Housekeeping" and employed Steve Bannon, a central figure of the new "alt-right" in America, as his campaign chief and top strategist for a time.

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