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Charlottesville Vigil for Peace, 'Effort... to Take This President Down'

Charlottesville Vigil for Peace, 'Effort... to Take This President Down' Read Transcript


Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia

Wednesday night for a march for peace,

less than a week after a scene filled with hate and chaos.

Participants held a candlelight vigil

in honor of 32-year-old Heather Heyer,

the woman killed when an attacker drove a car

into a crowd of counter-protesters

at a white nationalist rally.

The vigil followed an emotional memorial service for Heyer.

No father should have to do this.

They tried to kill my child to shut her up.

Well, guess what?

You just magnified her.

[APPLAUSE]

MARK MARTIN: President Trump tweeted about Heyer

calling her beautiful and incredible and a truly special

young woman.

On CBN's Faith Nation, Wednesday,

one of the president's evangelical advisers,

Pastor Robert Jeffress, blasted the white supremacy movement

as demonic.

He also said liberals are wrong when they accuse President

Trump of supporting racism.

There is an effort to do whatever

is necessary to take this president down,

and they have painted, the media has painted,

the liberals have painted a false narrative

that the president is a racist and any time

he tries to break out of that box,

liberals aren't going to allow him to do it.

I know the president.

You know the president.

There is not a racist bone in his body.

MARK MARTIN: And evangelist Franklin Graham

said Satan is to blame for the racist riots, not

the president.

But the president's news conference comments

on the violence in Charlottesville

have sparked outrage across the country.

I think there's blame on both sides.

You look at-- you look at both sides, I think there's blame

on both sides.

MARK MARTIN: Corporate leaders protested

by pulling out of Trump's business advisory councils

so the president has now closed down his economic panels.

He tweeted, "Rather than putting pressure

on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing

Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both.

Thank you all!"

The Charlottesville uproar has also led to efforts

to remove symbols of the Confederacy

in cities across the country.

In Baltimore, the statues are already coming down.

The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama had

workers cover the city's 52-foot Confederate memorial

obelisk with wooden panels.

And in Norfolk, Virginia, a large crowd

gathered Wednesday evening at the Confederate monument

for a peaceful protest.

I'm here for to support equality.

I believe in 2017, we've progressed so much as a society

that we should not allow the freedom of speech

to encourage hate and to produce hate.

Many Christian leaders, this week,

are calling for the church to lead

the way in a country that needs reconciliation and healing.

Mark Martin, CBN News.

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