When Joe Biden stated his governmental bid in April 2019, he pointed out Trumps reaction to the Charlottesville rally as a reason he went into the race. “With those words, the President of the United States designated an ethical equivalence in between those spreading out hate and those with the guts to stand versus it,” Biden said. “And because minute, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I d ever seen in my lifetime.”.
The demonstrations in Charlottesville marked a turning point in Donald Trumps presidency after he notoriously stated there “were very great people, on both sides” of the presentations, equating white supremacists with the individuals there to oppose them. That moment quickly triggered outrage and led Trumps fans to try to reframe his remarks and pretend the president was only safeguarding serene, non-racist, demonstrators even though the rally had been plainly marketed as an event of neo-Nazis and racists.
City officials acted after an April judgment by Virginias supreme court authorizing its elimination, along with another monolith honoring Confederate general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The choice belongs to a years-long and fractious across the country push to scrub Confederate monoliths and honors from military bases, schools, and public squares. Nowhere was this discussion more resonant than in Charlottesville, where the city board first enacted February 2017 to remove the Lee statute.
White supremacists set in motion in opposition to the relocation and in August of that year, marched through Charlottesville chanting, “Blood and soil!” and “Jews will not change us!” The rally turned deadly after a white supremacist plowed his cars and truck through a crowd of counter-protesters, eliminating 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Nearly 20 other people were hurt in the attack, which landed motorist James Alex Fields in jail for first-degree murder. (Separately, two Virginia state troopers were eliminated in a helicopter crash while monitoring the rally.).
On Saturday early morning, a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, which triggered a lethal white supremacist rally in 2017, was lastly removed.