Only days ago, Charlottesville, Virginia was the site of a white supremacist rally that made international headlines and left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead after a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of counterprotestors. Tonight, the scene is dramatically different, as people have gathered for a peaceful candlelight vigil.
WATCH: People gather for a candlelight vigil in Charlottesville, Virginia. https://t.co/qlmqXSDkga
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 17, 2017
Those on the lawn are now singing Amazing Grace. pic.twitter.com/1aVVaouw71
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) August 17, 2017
Tonight’s marchers are attempting to quell the fire that was sparked by white supremacists and fanned by President Trump. At a press conference following the Charlottesville rally, Trump not only refused to forcefully condemn the literal neo-Nazis in attendance, but instead said that “both sides” were to blame, effectively equating the white supremacists with the counterprotestors.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 17, 2017
Politicians and political figures from both sides of the spectrum have denounced the abhorrent actions by the white supremacists, which has only exacerbated the fact that our President has decided not to do so.
In the meantime, as more people converge on Charlottesville tonight, a weary nation looks to the peaceful marchers for a lesson in civility of which Trump has proven utterly incapable.