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Trump says he condemns 'all types of racism' ahead of Charlottesville anniversary

The Hill logo The Hill 8/11/2018 Avery Anapol
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President Trump on Saturday tweeted that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence" ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Trump has been under intense pressure to condemn last year's violence and speak out against white supremacists organizing an anniversary rally set to take place on Sunday.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," he tweeted. "We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!"

The president faced significant criticism over his response to the white supremacist rally last August that left one counter-protester dead, saying that there was "blame" as well as "very fine people" on "both sides" of the rally.

The second iteration of the white nationalist gathering is set to take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Events are also planned in and around Charlottesville, where authorities have declared a state of emergency in preparation.

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