Political Highlights: August

by Alejandra Colon and Giselle Gutierrez

This regular column will feature political highlights from each month- events that are sure to shape opinions and policy through the upcoming months.

President Trump’s response to Charlottesville Attack

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives to make a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 14, 2017. The president started his statement with remarks on the economy and trade. Photo by Chris Kleponis/UPI

On  August 12, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a rally of white supremacists and neo-nazis was held. A group of protesters that were against the rally were ran over by a car. James Alex Fields used his Dodge Challenger to ram through the crowd.

One woman called Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured. James is now being charged with 2nd degree murder, 3 accounts of wounding, and not stopping in an accident when there was a death.

After the attack President Donald Trump failed to call out the specific hate groups in his original statement. After receiving backlash for his response, president Trump made another statement placing blame on both sides for the hate and violence. In his response to the attack, President Donald Trump states that “I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about that. No one wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very very violent.”

Angry Protesters At Charlottesville Meeting

 On  August 22, angry protesters at Charlottesville meeting hold up a sign that read “Blood on your hands.” Trump thinks of himself as the victim from the tragic events in Virginia. If the congress did not fund the wall, Trump threatens to shut down the government. Police outside of the Phoenix convention center used gas to separate the crowd of people who do not support Trump. Trump then made a statement implying that he is going to build a wall if the government is shut down “Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”