Susan Bro, the mother of the woman killed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, thanked President Trump on Monday after he spoke out against hate groups for their role in the weekend’s violence.
“My condolences, also, to the grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovering for those injured,” she added.
Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville attack victim Heather Heyer, thanks Pres. Trump for "denouncing those who promote violence and hatred" pic.twitter.com/E46OnwE5fW
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 14, 2017
President Trump’s initial response sparked a firestorm of controversy, and the president on Monday specifically called out hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis for their role in the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.
“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 what we hold dear as Americans,” President Trump said in a surprise statement from the Diplomatic Reception Room.
On Monday, the President also spoke about Heyer, saying, “Her death fills us with grief, and we send her and her family our thoughts, our prayers and our love.”
Having earlier tweeted out a video clip from his statements on the attack, in this tweet, President Trump included another video with more of his remarks. “We have so many incredible things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me, it’s very, very sad,” he said at a press conference Saturday in New Jersey.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
He commended the law enforcement, state and local police in Virginia and the National Guard for their service in Charlottesville. “We are here to provide whatever other assistance is needed, we are ready, willing and able,” Trump said.
“Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all AMERICANS FIRST. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we’re proud of our country, we’re proud of who we are, so we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville. We want to study it, and we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen,” President Trump said.
He continued, “My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. Ideally, we have to love each other.”
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 13, 2017