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Mother of Woman Killed in Charlottesville Says She Will Not Speak to Trump


She acknowledged a statement that she had released on Monday, in which she thanked Mr. Trump for his “words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred” that day. But she said that after hearing his Tuesday comments, which effectively reversed what he had said the day before, she decided that she did not want to hear from him.

“You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying ‘I’m sorry,’” she added. “I’m not forgiving for that.”

A White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, had said that the White House was looking to set up a “convenient” time for the president to talk to Ms. Bro. Mr. Trump had tweeted Wednesday that Ms. Heyer was “a truly special young woman” who would be “long remembered by all!”

He did not mention Ms. Heyer by name in his Tuesday news conference, but several times he referred to Ms. Bro’s statement thanking him for asserting that “racism is evil” and condemning hate groups including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

“I thought that the statement put out, the mother’s statement, I thought was a beautiful statement,” Mr. Trump said. “I tell you, it was something that I really appreciated. I thought it was terrific.”

Ms. Heyer, 32, was one of a crowd of counterprotesters struck by a Dodge Challenger that the police say was driven by James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio. Nineteen people were injured. At her memorial service on Wednesday, her family and friends remembered her as passionate and strong in her political convictions.

Ms. Bro said at the memorial service that her daughter’s death should serve as a rallying cry for those who stood up against discrimination. She received a standing ovation after telling attendees to fight for their values, as her daughter had.

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” Ms. Bro said. “Well, guess what — you just magnified her.”

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