"This also from the president who, on time after time after Charlottesville, said, 'There are very fine people on both sides'".
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".
While verbal clashes were heard - counter protesters denounced "fascists" at a Virginia metro station while nationalist demonstrators were guided onto a train - the relative calm came in contrast to the violence seen one year ago, when white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, protesting the proposed plan to remove a Confederate memorial in the city. He ended his tweet by wishing "Peace to ALL Americans!"
Authorities have promised an enormous security presence to avoid a repeat of the street brawls that broke out past year in downtown Charlottesville after neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other hate groups marched through the city. But 51 percent of Americans feel the president tries to put the interests of whites over racial minorities - including more than eight in 10 Democrats who feel this way.
Shows of affection from anti-nazi demonstrators a far cry from the murder and violence from the neo-nazis previous year in Charlottesville.
According to The Week, "Charlottesville will be subject to a heavy police presence this weekend, and the primary organizer of last year's white nationalist event, Jason Kessler, was denied a permit for a concurrent demonstration this year".
"The president condemning all acts of racism and violence is a positive step in the right direction", said Scott, the Senate's only black Republican.
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.
Counterprotester Heather Heyer died and more than a dozen others were injured at last year's event after a white supremacist drove a vehicle into several people.
"There are strong signs from the White House to both houses of Congress that we are making progress as the party of Lincoln", Scott added. Fields was charged with second-degree murder while Troy Dunigan who was 21 years old at the time was charged with disorderly conduct, Jacob Smith with misdemeanour assault and James O'Brien was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
"We celebrate the success of this economy without any question".
Congressman Tom Garrett, R. -Va., on Saturday said Russian Federation is to blame for some of the hate spewed from last year's rally.
"Sadly, these hateful, antisemitic, racist and violent messages do have traction in this country", said Aaron Alexander, rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington who addressed the "United to Love" counterprotest on the National Mall. "I don't know. But he does seem to use race to divide and to amp up his base".