The mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed Saturday when a car slammed into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., refuses to speak to President Trump after he blamed “both sides” for the deadly violence that resulted in her daughter’s death.
“I have not and now I will not,” Susan Bro told ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday morning when asked if she had spoken to the president.
“I’m not talking to the president now, I’m sorry,” she said. “After what he said about my child.”
Bro said she first missed a phone call from Trump during her daughter’s funeral, and received “three more frantic messages from press secretaries,” on Wednesday.
The calls came one day after Trump’s news conference during which he walked back his statement blaming white nationals, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan for the weekend’s violence.
“I think there is blame on both sides,” the president said. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”
The statement echoed Trump’s original remarks on the incident that the rioting was due to “many sides.”
Bro, who in a statement initially thanked him for his “words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred,” said she only just learned of his new comments.
“I hadn’t really watched the news until last night and I’m not talking to the president now, after what he said,” Bro told GMA.” “It’s not that I saw somebody else’s tweets about him; I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating protestors... with the KKK and white supremacists.
“You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m not forgiving [him] for that.”
“Think before you speak,” she said when asked what she would tell Trump.
Heyer was a paralegal who lived in Charlottesville. She was not part of any organized group protesting, but felt compelled to stand up for what she believed in, her mother said.
The only thing she was a part of was “a group of human beings who cared to protest,” Bro said.