That drew criticism from the NAACP's Sherrilyn Ifill, who tweeted back: " 'All types.' 'Both sides.' Continuing to advance a narrative of moral equivalency between racists and those opposed to racism, so as not to tick off his white supremacist supporters".
"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.
On Sunday morning in Charlottesville, a crowd of more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest racism and mark the anniversary of last year's violent confrontation with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Grace Aheron, an organizer for Showing Up for Racial Justice, said a "militarized police presence" doesn't make the city safer.
Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by self-described white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., who rammed a auto into a crowd at high speed. And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests.
The president of the University of Virginia has offered an apology to the students and community members who faced off a year ago against white supremacists during a march through campus.
Nineteen others were injured in the clash during a "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017. Police officers cleared a path through the counterprotesters for the group to march through on their way to Lafayette Park outside the White House.
Trump added he has "fought" to improve the lives of minorities and vowed "I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!" Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a auto later barreled into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters, killing Heyer and injuring dozens more.
She says, "It's nice that they're here to protect us".
As authorities prepare for the demonstration that comes on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville protest, businesses and restaurants near Lafayette Square are also getting ready. "They are afraid of us because we are demanding change from the university", Carlson said.
Thousand of counterprotesters were out in force all day to mark the anniversary of a white nationalist rally a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, that sparked chaos and violence.
As NPR's Debbie Elliott reported, they are reclaiming that space because past year white supremacists "came with their torches and took over that part of campus".
"There's a profound difference in this year and last year and that is the heavy police presence", said Lisa Woolfork, an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia and a local organizer with Black Lives Matter.
But as the anniversary of the rally approached, Trump appeared to try to get ahead of Sunday's "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington, D.C., and counterprotests by calling for unity. The rally was planned by white nationalists across the country, with the stated reason being to protest the removal of a confederate monument. Government and police officials in Washington have expressed confidence the city can manage the events without violence; the mayor and police chief have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counter-protesters apart. These purveyors of hate and bigotry were emboldened to take their message public by a president who has refused to categorically and unequivocally condemn their message and actions in clear terms.