This weekend marks one year since protesters gathered, some in opposition to the removal of Confederate statues, others in support of white nationalist, white supremacist or alt-right ideology. Merchants already suffered a downturn after last year's event; sales tax revenue dropped 11 percent in September 2017 compared with the year before, according to city figures.
"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Trump's words contrast sharply with his first public comments on the events last summer, which left 32-year-old anti-racist counterprotester Heather Heyer dead after a suspected white nationalist plowed his auto into a crowd on August 12, 2017.
Two Virginia State Police officers also died in a helicopter crash while assisting police activity related the the rally. Streets and parks will be closed and are restricting access to a "security area".
A release on the emergency declarations said this is to address the potential impacts of events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. that will take place this weekend. It allows for up to 400 participants, who say they plan to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville, VA/white civil rights rally".
"Every police action that you will see on Sunday will be done with the ultimate goal of ensuring the safety of everyone that attends", he said. Numerous planned community events will promote peaceful messages, including a gathering in honor of counterprotester Heather Heyer, who was run over by a suspected neo-Nazi sympathizer.
Murphy also made a decision to close the City Market Aug. 11 due to public safety concerns in the downtown area.
Condemning racism in any form is the kind of pro forma gesture that would have been unremarkable for every commander in chief in recent decades.
LaFayette Square, located just north of the White House, is a public park that was part of the original plan for the capital city. She activated the city's Emergency Operations Center, giving law enforcement groups the green light to deploy any and all of the resources needed to keep the city safe.
"We are closely monitoring the intelligence that is available to us about who is coming and who is going elsewhere", Brackney said Wednesday.
Kessler, a Charlottesville resident and University of Virginia graduate, sued Charlottesville after city officials denied him a permit for an anniversary event, according to the Associated Press. This from the candidate who said on this very network that he knew nothing about grand wizard David Duke when he was on tape years prior denouncing David Duke specifically, but didn't do so during the campaign.