‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump and the aftermath of Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – AUGUST 16: Susan Bro, mother to Heather Heyer, speaks during a memorial for her daughter, at the Paramount Theater on August 16, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. Heyer was killed Saturday, when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. (Photo by Andrew Shurtleff-Pool/Getty Images)

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focuses on President Donald Trump’s decision to walk back his condemnation of a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

But first was the sound from the memorial service for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed when a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. From the Associated Press:

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her,” said Susan Bro, receiving a standing ovation from the hundreds who packed a downtown theater to remember 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Heyer’s death on Saturday — and President Donald Trump’s insistence that “both sides” bear responsibility for the violence — continued to reverberate across the country, triggering fury among many Americans and soul-searching about the state of race relations in the U.S. The uproar has accelerated efforts in many cities to remove symbols of the Confederacy.

If you couldn’t catch it life, click below to listen to it now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; Teresa Tomlinson, mayor of Columbus; Leo Smith, a former Georgia GOP staffer; Patricia Murphy, columnist the Daily Beast and Roll Call; and Greg Bluestein, one of your AJC Insiders.

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Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Disgusting once again , Your enetite lives in printing this rag is to rear apart America as we have once know it . You fool,no one ..we are and always will be dyed on the wool Americans and will stand the test of time because we are right . All your maligning and double talk , all your mis representing the truth and twisting it will be to no avail. Trying to re invent what America is ,,we will watch you wither like dry chaff and be blown away in the wind.. The truth will endure forever ..Gods word teaches that .

David Miley
David Miley

Trump will never walk back what he said he condemned all sides of this evil protestors.

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

Except he did not walk back anything. He rightly pointed out that in addition to the loser scumbag KKK types that he has denounced dozens of times during the election and the past week there are also many leftist "protestors" that are violent thugs looking to cause problems.

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

This how democrats are fooled and lied to by the media. This title is a lie. 100%. But fools read it and believe that Trump did walk back his condemnation. The media is corrupt. It's the only way liberals can get elected. Thankfully with social media those of us that pay attention can correct the lies and tell the truth. Even in the lying medias own posts. Thank god! That's why the left keeps losing elections.

Greg Pearson
Greg Pearson

I saw him condemn BOTH sides. Then he condemned two groups by name to satisfy critics and then again emphasise both sides were guilty of egregious actions. I didn't see a "walk back". He always condemned the violence.

Maurice Echols
Maurice Echols

I'm curious what y'all going to do after trump he will not get elected again so enjoy what you have left if the idiot don't start ww3 and most of y'all isn't going to make it because your DNA is not pure

Michael C Fulghum
Michael C Fulghum

Duuuhhhh!! he said what he needed to say !! it was obvious that the left exacerbated the situation and started the conflict !! unless of course your with the anti american contingent that want's to start a civil war...

Felton Swicord
Felton Swicord

Walking Back? He condemned the unGodly ugliness from the very beginning with the most harsh language one could ask for. The "Never Trump" crowd will never be satisfied with any of his comments. When he returned to the podium and tried to appease the Rabid Left he should have known they would say, "Too Little...Too Late". That proves my point!!!!

J.M. McDougal
J.M. McDougal

what happened there was tagic , it wasn't Trumps fault , get your heads out of your butts and face reality , a hillary supporter is the one driving the car ...

Greg Mcgee
Greg Mcgee

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Mark Lee
Mark Lee

He didn't walk back anything.

Roy Butts
Roy Butts

It really blows my mind that everyone saw what happened. The side that had a permit to assemble was attacked by the side that did not have a permit but since it is politically incorrect to say that the left was at fault we have everyone, media, politicians criticizing the President for speaking the truth. Reminds me of the old story, The Emperor Has No Clothes where no one is supposed to mention that the Emperor is naked and one person had the courage to speak up.

Roy Butts
Roy Butts

And I have no connection to Nazi's or Supremest but I did see what happened.

Keneth Hall
Keneth Hall

All of those idiots went to far and they know it, it was just damn cold blooded murder, driver should be hung!!#:::!$$@$!#:

Robert Randolph
Robert Randolph

That is just plain not true. He has clearly and rightfully condemned ALL racists hate groups. I wish the Democrats would do that as well instead of supporting and funding them.

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

My Gawd---you gonna milk this for a year?????/ geezus---move on! AJC!

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

Trump should not have walked anything back. Both sides were wrong and equally violent. But the left love their criminals and rioters and will protect them no matter how awful they are. Antifa has been terrorizing free speech for years now, but hats another thing the left despises .

Babs Roberts
Babs Roberts

I'm a President Trump Supporter! Shame on this rude, inconsiderate behavior on all sides! United we stand.. divided we fall, as in losing our country to random mob hot heads. We are SO much better!

Deborah Cassidy
Deborah Cassidy

now lady you should know better to did trump and you know how much he loves the American people and you know he stands for integrity,and doing whats right I'm sure he reached out to you

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Huh??? We have millions of Americans who are certifiably nuts--who no longer know down from up, poor from rich, etc. because they have had a steady diet of Fox Fake News for years and years. They are not persuadable or most can no longer be reasoned with nor even understand what is best for their own lives anymore. They are lost and will never be found. Too many love Republican Jesus and hate everyone else. They consider other Americans to be their sworn enemies. They along with the Russians got us Trump. I fear they are lost for the rest of their lives and there will be no cure for them till they leave this Earth. That is the reality with which we are dealing in this country now.

Zain Malik
Zain Malik

He intentionally called her during the funeral so he wouldn't have to speak to her. Be ashamed.

Neil Mutchler Ibarra
Neil Mutchler Ibarra

Shouldn't you people be writing about the militant arm of the Democratic party and Kessler mysteriously flip-flopping from left to right "supposedly". I.e. another Democrat operative... nothing new just more, lies, false news, and left wing skumbags

Terry Case
Terry Case

Jeri Henson Dies No they never have fought for the majority of people in this country. Democrats do what is wrong for this nation.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Democrats are far from perfect. Still Democrats fight for the majority who live in this country--Republicans fight for the rich and connected. And Democrats are persuadable while Republicans are not.

Neil Mutchler Ibarra
Neil Mutchler Ibarra

Maybe the zombie, braindead people... Lies, lies, fake news, and down on the plantation mentality

John LaPorta
John LaPorta

Tell her don't play in the street she's stupid

George Mortensen
George Mortensen

Do you ever wonder if this paper will ever have anything positive to say about President Trump? My bet is never. Can someone please tell me how this is what the Cox family calls "balanced" coverage? This rag's only worth is as a bird cage liner.

Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

Well, getting rid of Bannon is a start. Still got Miller and Gorka whispering white supremacist nonsense in his ears, though. Not that he needed help, of course.

Mary Henderson
Mary Henderson

Our President Trump did a fine job. Period. Seems the 2 X President Bush's gave same response Trump did after Trumps comments. Bush's are being praised for their comments. Twist the truth much?

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

I don't think anyone that would ever research that the subject here are

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

Trump will resign Aug. 21. Stay tuned.

James Graham
James Graham

Seriously. STOP....I'm hurting over here.

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

So is our country...and those defenseless animals on your page, by the way.

Harry K. James
Harry K. James

Bias CNN type BS. So mom unwinds the innocent girl crossing the street.

Matthew Pociask
Matthew Pociask

Hahaha "decision to walk back." He gave his true feelings twice, and was forced to read from a teleprompter in between.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

You certainly have to admire this mom's strength and dignity. May God continue to strengthen her and keep her in His loving grace.

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

Just my observation, but doesn't trying to talk to democrats and liberals remind you of a Charlie Brown cartoon? The reason you can't reason is we sound like the adults

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

But Nazi's? You are saying the Nazi's were the ones that we should side with?

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

Erik Moore, no, and I don't know how you came up with that question. Guess you heard, wah,wah wah wah wah, --------wah.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Greg Maddox but, you are defending Nazi's.

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

Never did, I think there is no place in our country for their ideology. But I also do not condone violence from the left. Both sides came looking for a fight and that's what happened. I watched the video, I've also watched groups such as ANTIFA being violent at Trump rallies when there was no reason for it other than an opposing view. Let me be quite clear, I do not side with white supremacist, they are not what I consider the voice of the white community.

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

I am and will never defend Nazi's or any hate group, right or left

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

Free speech is protected by the constitution for all not just a few.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

Only one side showed up with Nazi flags. Only one side showed up with Nazi speeches. Only one side showed up with torches. Only one side killed a young woman. That side was not the liberals.

Jane Scroggins
Jane Scroggins

You better check your facts. Both sides were violent.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

Jane Scroggins Yeah, I saw that person killed by the liberal...not!

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

You need to watch the actual videos of this horrible confrontation. One idiot does not represent a "side" and the death of that young woman was tragic. Conservatives are not Nazis. Liberals are the ones who incite violence, destroy public and private property, shut down freedom of speech they disagree with, block traffic, and cannot explain their "logic" ...... socialism/communism is the antithesis of a republican democracy, and no sane person would wish for such a government to be in control of their lives......

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

Sandra Dale Sikes " Liberals are the ones who incite violence" You cannot continue to use that defense any longer. Nazi flag waving, torch bearing, murderers in Charlottesville were not liberals. Own them, they are yours.