Biden honors Heather Heyer: She is 'in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE honored Heather Heyer on the first anniversary of her death in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., calling on the U.S. to fight against “hatred and bigotry.”

Biden tweeted Sunday that Heyer's spirit is "in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry."

“Make no mistake: this fight goes on,” he continued. “The battle for the soul of this nation rests with each of us, everyday.”


Heyer was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year. The suspect, James Fields, was later charged with federal hate crimes.

Biden condemned the violent rally at the time, saying that “racism and hate have no place” in the U.S.


He also criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE for his reaction to the rally in Charlottesville, calling it "reprehensible."

Trump faced intense backlash for his comments following the rally, during which he said blame was on "both sides" for the violence that broke out during the event.

A second “Unite the Right” rally was held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday on the original rally’s second anniversary; About 20 people attended the white supremacist rally and departed hours before it was scheduled to end.

Hundreds of counterprotesters gathered in the city, vastly outnumbering the attendees.