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Mother Of Charlottesville Victim: I Refuse To Talk To Trump ‘After What He Said About My Child’


Mother Of Charlottesville Victim: I Refuse To Talk To Trump ‘After What He Said About My Child’

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during last Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, said Friday she has not spoken to President Donald Trump following his comments about her daughter at a press conference Tuesday.

When asked by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts whether she has spoken to the president in the wake of her daughter’s death, Bro said: “I have not and now I will not.”

She also revealed that she had received dozens of missed calls from the White House on Wednesday, which was the day of her daughter’s funeral.

“At first I just missed his calls. The first call, it actually looked like it came during the funeral. I didn’t even see that message. There were three more frantic messages from press secretaries throughout the day, and I didn’t know why.”

“I was home recovering from the exhaustion of the funeral, so I thought. Well, I’d get to them later. And then I had more meetings to establish her foundation. So I hadn’t really watched the news until last night. And I’m not talking to the president now, I’m sorry. After what he said about my child. And it’s not that I saw somebody else’s tweets about him. I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like Ms. Heyer, with the KKK and the white supremacists.”

Bro was referring to Trump’s Tuesday off-the-rails press conference in which he touted an initial statement put out by Bro in which she thanked the president for his words of comfort. Trump then laid blame on “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, telling reporters that not everyone protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was a white supremacist.

There were some “very fine people” on both sides of the protest, Trump said.

Bro’s daughter was killed on Saturday after a man with white supremacist ties rammed his car into a large crowd of people protesting the rally.

When asked to clarify whether her position had changed following Trump’s press conference, she responded, “Absolutely. You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I’m sorry. I’m not forgiving for that.”

Asked whether she had any advice for the president, she said simply, “Think before you speak.”

Bro told NBC News on Thursday she’s received death threats since her daughter’s slaying.

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her,” Bro said at Heyer’s funeral on Wednesday.


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