A group of anti-fascism demonstrators march in the downtown area in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 11.
Authorities in Washington are confident in their ability to do better this year because, unlike Charlottesville, they do handle hundreds of these rallies, called First Amendment events. He was propelled to power in part by a white working-class political base, and analysts say he returns to that core when confronted with political peril.
The counterprotesters lining the rally path chanted "no hate, no fear, KKK is not welcome here", and carried signs that read "solidarity trumps hate." Trump was widely criticized for his response, in which he said "both sides" were to blame for the violence, equating the white nationalists with the counterprotesters.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".
Americans who think the president tries to put the interests of whites ahead of minorities overwhelmingly say they disapprove of this.
In the year since Charlottesville, racial tension has remained at a boiling point across America, with President Trump continuing his divisive rhetoric about immigration, while repeated incidents of white people calling the police on black citizens doing innocuous activities like barbecuing and selling water bottles have gone viral.
On the day of the incident, President Trump tweeted saying that there is no place for hate in the country. Heyer was killed when a white supremacist rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters during the riot.
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James Fields, from OH, last month pleaded not guilty to a slew of federal hate crimes charges.
Constance Young, who survived the auto attack at Charlottesburg, was among those who addressed the assembled counterprotesters.
"One of the oldest strategies is to call into question the intellect of African-Americans", said Mitch Landrieu, the former Democratic mayor of New Orleans.
On the other hand, media outlets such as Vox reported some hotbeds of violence initiated by groups of anti-fascists who threw blunt objects at the nationalists. Another 18 percent say race relations have stayed about the same since Trump became president a year ago. "They were attacked. And when they fought back, they were overly prosecuted".
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the black community has "never seen this level of tone deafness or this total disregard" from a modern American president. "I don't know exactly what will happen", he said "but it will not be good".
Originally, Unite the Right 2 organizer Jason Kessler had planned to the event at the same park in Charlottesville where last year's rally sparked violent confrontations that left Heyer dead.
Then came the comments... Tom Kawczynski, a former town manager in ME who was sacked for advocating racial segregation, was also on the bill.