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Mother Of Charlottesville Suspect Makes Shocking Claim About Trump

Heading into the weekend, there were plenty of rumblings that a planned white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia had all the makings of an ugly scene. Those rumblings proved to be quite prescient. Scores of other protesters showed up in response, and the powder keg erupted. Chaos and violence ruled the day, and the overwhelmed members of law enforcement had a hard time getting control of the dangerous situation.

Then things got really out of hand, as a car plowed into a crowd of dueling protesters. In the aftermath, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was dead, and at least 19 other people were injured. The suspect, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, was hauled into custody. The horrifying incident was captured on video, and Fields immediately became a symbol of hatred. Discussion on the horrifying incident dominated news coverage over the weekend.

As NBC News shares, his mother, Samantha Bloom, had no idea what happened until she was approached by reporters at her home in Ohio. She was watching her son’s cat for the weekend, and she thought he was headed to some kind of rally for President Donald Trump.

"Running his car into a crowd of people? Did it hurt anybody?" she asked the reporters.

She was informed that it was indeed a serious situation, and then the topic turned to her son’s political views. He’s been tagged as a member of one of the various white nationalist factions in attendance, and his mother seemed relatively surprised by that revelation.

"I didn't know it was white supremacists. I thought it had something to do with Trump," she replied. "Trump's not a supremacist."

Bloom indicated that she did offer up some words of wisdom for her son, but she had no idea the weekend would turn out as it did.

"I told him to be careful," Bloom said. "[And] if they're going to rally to make sure he's doing it peacefully."

As for her son’s standing as a white nationalist, she plead ignorance to his views.

"I try to stay out of his political views. We don't - I don't really get too involved," she added. "Like I said, I don't really talk to him about his political views. So I don't really understand what the rally was about."

His mother’s shock aside, Fields’ actions are nothing short of reprehensible. Far too much time is being devoted to the White House’s response to the tragedy as opposed to placing the horrific events in the proper perspective. A person is dead as the result of the actions of an unhinged person, and that’s really all that matters here. The political leanings of the suspect or the victims involved are less important here than the ideologies they espoused.

Of course, that’s the common thread that drew them all together on a summer afternoon in Charlottesville. While other folks across the nation were occupying themselves elsewhere, scores of folks gathered to protest, and additional protesters gathered there in response. Hindsight being 20/20, we can assume many of the protesters in attendance wish they had followed the lead of other folks across the nation instead.

Source: NBC News
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