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Former Charlottesville mayor praises Biden announcement

Former Charlottesville mayor praises Biden announcement
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Mike Signer, a former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., who served during the deadly August 2017 white supremacist rally, praised former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE’s Thursday 2020 White House announcement, including its condemnation of the rally.

Biden’s announcement video depicts scenes from the “Unite the Right” rally, including marchers bearing tiki torches and chanting slogans including “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

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The video calls the rally a “defining moment” for America and praises the counterprotesters who met it, one of whom, Heather Heyer, was killed when a white nationalist drove his car through a crowd. James Fields Jr. was convicted of first-degree murder for the car attack and also pleaded guilty on federal hate crimes charges earlier this year.

Biden in the ad also condemns President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE for defending the rallygoers as including “very fine people” on both sides. Biden has invoked the rally before, telling Martin Luther King Jr.’s son in January that the Charlottesville rally is an example of how “the hate that cut your dad down is still nurtured by those forces of darkness.”