Fields is charged with second-degree murder and other counts. Authorities say he drove into the crowd of counter-protesters who’d gathered to oppose a rally by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Charlottesville park. … [Read more...] about Suspect Accused In Deadly Charlottesville, Virginia Car Ramming Faces Judge
Officials were preparing for the rally for months. Virginia State Police assisted local authorities, and a spokesman said the Virginia National Guard “will closely monitor the situation and will be able to rapidly respond and provide additional assistance if needed.” … [Read more...] about Ohio Man, 20, Accused Of Plowing Down Protesters In Charlottesville, Va.
It’s common for political extremists to argue that the only alternative to one form of extremism is the opposite kind of extremism. Conservatives are particularly fond of insisting that bending laws or social conventions will automatically descend into social disintegration. During the early 1960s, they often argued that civil disobedience would inevitably lead to wholesale lawbreaking; indeed, when riots and violence broke out later that decade, they held it up as vindication. After Martin Luther King was assassinated, Strom Thurmond gloated, “We are now witnessing the whirlwind sowed years ago when some preachers and teachers began telling people that each man could be his own judge in his own case.” Ronald Reagan had a similar response. … [Read more...] about Why Does Trump Want to Refight the Battle of Charlottesville?
"This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK," Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement. "I want everyone to know this: We reject this intimidation ... such intolerance is not welcome here." … [Read more...] about Protests over Confederate statue shake Charlottesville, Virginia
Speaking to reporters a day after former Vice President Joe Biden used Trump’s “very fine people” equivocation in his presidential campaign announcement, the president said he was referring to supporters of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the time and “if you look at what I said, you will see that question was answered perfectly." … [Read more...] about Anderson Cooper Tears Into Trump for Doubling Down on His Charlottesville Remarks