Cable news networks covered Susan Bro as she spoke at the memorial service for her daughter, Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend. Heyer died when an Ohio man drove his car into those protesting the Unite the Right rally of white supremacist groups.
Viewers also have come to expect POTUS to be in attendance at these headline-making occasions. That was not the case this morning at the downtown Charlottesville theater where the memorial was held less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump overrode his staff and held an impromptu presser at Trump Tower to take back his do-over statement condemning the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists in Charlottesville. Hijacking his own press conference about his administration’s infrastructure overhaul plans, Trump reiterated his first statement that both sides were responsible for the violence, adding, “The statement I made Saturday was a fine statement.”
Former Klan grand poobah David Duke, who was among those in attendance at Saturday’s Unite the Right rally, applauded Trump and thanked him for his show of support in Tuesday’s presser.
At the memorial today, Bro said of the hate groups that descended on Charlottesville: “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. But guess what – you just magnified her. … Here is what I want to happen. I want this to spread. I don’t want this to die.
“You need to find in your heart that small spark of accountability. … What is there I can do to make the world a better place; what injustice do I see? Poke your finger, like Heather would have done.
“If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention,” Bro told viewers across the cable news landscape. “That’s how you are going to make my child’s death worthwhile. I’d rather have my child, but if I have to give my child up, we’re going to make it count.”
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted: