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Charlottesville Riots: Racist Terrorism and the Backlash Over Trump

Charlottesville Riots: Racist Terrorism and the Backlash Over Trump Read Transcript

In Charlottesville, there have been gatherings

for peace and healing after what was a very bloody weekend

of violence, sparked by racism.

JENNA BROWDER: From Charlottesville

to our nation's capital, then cities across the country--

a rally for unity and prayers for the victims,

including two veteran troopers, Jay Cullen and Berke Bates,

killed in a helicopter crash, responding to the violence.

And Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal,

whose mother says she died standing up

for what she believed in.

SUSAN BRO: Heather's life was not about hate.

And this young man who ran my daughter down mistakenly

believed that hate would change the world.

JENNA BROWDER: This is video of that man--

20-year-old James Fields Jr.--

seen with a white supremacist group,

then hours later carrying out this attack

and arrested for murder.

His mother saying she knew her son was driving

from his home in Ohio to Virginia for a rally,

but not what it was about.

I didn't know it was white supremacists.

I thought it had something to do with Trump.

Trump's not a supremacist.

JENNA BROWDER: And a former teacher

of Fields, now saying he made pro-Nazi comments

in high school.

Well, he felt that whites were superior.

He felt that the views that Adolf Hitler espoused

were correct, in some way.

I got hit in my head.

I have eight staples in my head.

JENNA BROWDER: Deandre Harris says

a group of white nationalists, armed with shields and helmets,

beat him with poles.

Just called me the n-word.

Telling me to die.

They were, like, definitely trying to kill me yesterday.

JENNA BROWDER: Attorney General Jeff Sessions

has opened a federal civil rights investigation.

And on Sunday, President Trump's national security advisor

was direct in calling the violence terrorism.

Do you consider that car attack

in Charlottesville yesterday an act of domestic terrorism?

I certainly think any time that you

commit an attack against people to incite fear,

it is terrorism.

JENNA BROWDER: The president spoke out against the violence


We condemn, in the strongest possible terms,

this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence--

on many sides.

On many sides.

JENNA BROWDER: But both Republicans and Democrats

criticized him for not specifically condemning

white supremacists and related groups.

The White House later said, of course,

that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi,

and all extremist groups.

Many Christian leaders also blasted the white nationalists

and their ideas.

Beth Moore tweeting, "We cannot renounce what we will not name.

It's called White Supremacy."

And Franklin Graham--

"Violence and hatred aren't the answer."

Other Christian leaders spoke out as well,

while encouraging a message of God's love for all people.

In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

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