One day and two years ago, civil rights activist Heather Heyer was murdered by a neo-Nazi while protesting the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Her murder was immediately followed by one of the darkest moments of the Trump presidency, the infamous press conference where he praised the white supremacists as “very fine people” who just wanted to “protect a statue.”
In a truly monstrous display of gaslighting, the President decided to mark the anniversary of Heyer’s death by retweeting a video to his followers from far-right white nationalist propaganda outlet PragerU that purports to “debunk” the “Charlottesville lie” — the lie being that Trump praised the murdering neo-Nazis as “fine people.”
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Thank you Steve! https://t.co/4qwvkUTg5t
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
There is extensive video evidence that he said this. The entire nation was watching.
“Unite the Right” attendee Robert Ray told Vice that he was at the rally “because this city is run by Jewish Communists and criminal n*ggers.”
Neo-Nazi podcaster Chris Cantwell, who later became infamous as the “crying Nazi” for the meltdown at his trial, bragged that “I’m trying to make myself more capable of violence!” and that “we’ll f*cking kill these people if we have to.”
These are the sorts of men that the President of the United States called “very fine people,” after they had marched through the streets screaming “Jews will not replace us!” and one of their number committed a white supremacist terrorist attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured 19 more.
By promoting this video, which is gaslighting at its crudest, Trump and his supporters are literally trying to rewrite history and sanitize his image while knowing that the message was received loud and clear by its intended recipients — the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and every other variety of racist and bigot that make up his support base.
For Heather’s sake, we cannot allow him to get away with it.