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Former Charlottesville mayor praises Biden announcement

Mike Signer, a former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., who served during the deadly August 2017 white supremacist rally, praised former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s Thursday 2020 White House announcement, including its condemnation of the rally.

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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 John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests 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.”

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