The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed by an alleged nazi sympathizer when he ran his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally on Saturday, has taken President Donald Trump to task for “equating the protesters … with the KKK and the white supremacists.”
Appearing on ABC News’ Good Morning America on Thursday, Susan Bro said she has “no interest” in talking to Trump, despite repeated overtures from his press secretary and other staff.
“It’s not that I’m trying to be calloused, it’s that I have no interest in speaking to politicians just to hear them say, ‘I’m sorry,’” Bro explained. “If I felt like that’s all they wanted to say, that would be different, but I feel like I’m wanted to be used for political agendas and I’m resistant to that.”
On Monday, Bro had put out a statement thanking Trump for “denouncing those who promote violence hatred,” but speaking on GMA, she revealed that she hadn’t had time to hear his statements personally until after the memorial service for her daughter on Wednesday. Upon hearing what Trump had to say, she said, any feelings of goodwill toward the president rapidly disappeared.
“I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters … with the KKK and the white supremacists,” said Bro, almost in disbelief. “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m not forgiving that.” When asked what message she has for the president, Bro responded, “Think before you speak.”
“I wasn’t there that day,” Bro added, “but I will tell you that I’m pretty sure that’s the only person that ran people down with a car, so that level of violence didn’t take place on both sides, that did not happen.”
Bro also spoke bluntly about why she felt her daughter’s death was getting so much coverage, and shared what steps she planned to take next to “forward Heather’s mission.”
Watch the interview below.
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