Former Virginia Gov McAuliffe writes book about confronting white nationalism

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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has written a book examining the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that dissolved into riots and resulted in the death of a counterprotester and two state troopers.

The book, “Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism,” is billed as “the definitive account of an infamous chapter in our history, seared indelibly into memory,” according to an description.

{mosads}McAuliffe tweeted a link to the book’s preorder page Friday, writing that it was based on a “year and a half of reflecting on that day” when white nationalist protesters descended on Charlottesville.


The white nationalists were in Charlottesville to support a Confederate monument slated for removal from the city’s Emancipation Park. They clashed with counterprotesters, resulting in the death of three people, including Heather Heyer.

Heyer, 32, was killed when a car driven by white nationalist James Alex Fields struck a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring many. Fields was found guilty of murder, among other charges, late last year. 

The book comes out at a time when Virginia’s current governor, Ralph Northam (D), and the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring (D), have sparked controversy after admitting to using blackface years ago.

McAuliffe is thought to be considering entering the 2020 presidential race, where the former Democratic governor would first face a crowded field in his party’s primary that includes Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

“I’ve said I’d make a decision by March 31. I’ve been talking to other candidates, I want to see what the positions are out there,” McAuliffe told CNN earlier this month when questioned about the possibility of a 2020 run.

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