Trump Still Hasn't Reached Out To Heather Heyer's Family Days After Charlottesville
Although the president has given several statements (with varying success) following the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, Trump still hasn't reached out to Heather Heyer's family, The Hill reported. Heyer, 32, was killed on Saturday while participating in counter-protests of the "Unite the Right" rally. A young white supremacist protester drove his car through a crowd, killing Heyer and injuring over a dozen others who were walking down the street near the University of Virginia.
When asked by reporters from The Hill on Tuesday whether he had contacted Heyer's family, Trump said he hadn't yet.
“No," he said. "I will be reaching out,"
In his statement on Monday, where he condemned the groups behind the rally, Trump commented on the statement given by Heyer's mother. He said:
However, Trump's continued rhetoric blaming "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville reached a boiling point in his unscripted, impromptu comments on Tuesday, when he wondered aloud whether the so-called "alt-left" have any sort of "semblance of guilt."
Trump has NOT spoken with Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer's family. Yet he essentially claimed her mother supported his statement.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 15, 2017
As the New York Post reported, Heyer's mother — Susan Bro — did give a statement thanking Trump for "words of comfort" when he finally denounced the white nationalist groups in his second stab at a statement about Charlottesville. Though, she did not explicitly express support for the president. Per her statement:
In an interview with NBC News, Bro opened up about her daughter's death and the hate-fueled groups that she was protesting:
The Hill also reported that Trump has yet to explicitly say whether the driver (a 20-year-old from Ohio with ties to white nationalist groups) was committing an act of terrorism when he drove his vehicle into the crowd.
"The driver of the car is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing," Trump said, but he never used the word "terrorism." (Which he hasn't been shy about doing in the past.)
While Trump hasn't reached out to Bro yet, Heyer's memory will surely continue to be honored.