"We must unite as a nation, I condemn all kinds of racism and acts of violence, peace to ALL Americans!"
Democrat Mark Warner, a US senator from Virginia, insisted that Trump cleared the way for white nationalists to spread "hatred and intolerance."
"These suppliers of hatred and bigotry were encouraged to make their message public by a president who refused to condemn them categorically and unequivocally in clear terms," he wrote on Twitter.
"We must show that what sets us apart as citizens of this country are our values of respect, openness and tolerance among us."
Officials declared states of emergency for both the city of Charlottesville and the state of Virginia to help law enforcement mobilize state and local resources for security reasons.
A strong security presence descended on the city, where concrete barricades and official cars surrounded the downtown area, with only two entry points for pedestrians.
Authorities said two people were arrested, one for breaking and entering and the other for disorderly conduct.
Both were released by a misdemeanor citation.
& # 39; Blame on both sides & # 39;
Last year's protests began on August 11 and saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by men carrying rifles, shouting white nationalist slogans and holding torches in scenes that strangely resembled racist rallies held in the southern United States before of the civil rights movement.
They had met to protest the efforts to eliminate the statues of the Confederate leaders, including one of the Confederate's top generals, Robert E Lee.
On August 12, fighting broke out between neo-Nazi and anti-fascist sympathizers of a group dressed in black called Antifa.
The violence culminated with a man driving a car against a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing Heyer and wounding 19 people.
Immediately afterwards, Trump received widespread criticism when he initially seemed to establish a moral equivalence between the two groups of protesters and refused to criticize the rightists.
Eventually it gave way to immense political pressure and condemned white nationalism.
But a day later, Trump said there was "both parties' fault" for the violence in Virginia, pointing to the antifascists who came "with the clubs in their hands."
"I think there's guilt on both sides," Trump said. "But there were also people who were very good people, from both sides."
Trump is constantly defending himself against charges that he is misogynist and racist. He denies the accusations.
Trump has retweeted the white nationalist material, said that Mexicans crossing the border with the United States are rapists and drug traffickers, once he referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as "Miss Housekeeping" and employed Steve Bannon, a central figure of the new "alt-right" in the United States. as your campaign manager and chief strategist for a while.
In one of the most recent attacks related to race, a former black employee of the White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman, wrote in an upcoming memoir that Trump was caught in the microphone uttering racial slurs "multiple times" while doing his successful reality show "The apprentice" before his presidential career, and that there are tapes to prove it.
Manigault Newman is a former star of "Apprentice". She served as communications director of the White House public liaison office until she was fired in December.
She quotes three anonymous sources for having heard the taboo language and adds that she experienced "truly terrible things" with Trump, according to The Guardian, which obtained a copy of the book before its publication next week.
The White House dismissed the bill as plagued with lies and false accusations. Trump called it a "bad life."