That protest left a person dead and highlighted the growing audacity of the extreme right under Trump. Another far-right rally is scheduled for Sunday, just outside the White House.
Trump scoffed after the Charlottesville violence to initially avoid any condemnation of the white nationalists who carried torches who participated in that rally.
On Saturday, while the memorial ceremonies were being held in Charlottesville, Trump wrote on Twitter: "The unrest in Charlottesville a year ago caused death and division without meaning.
"We must unite as a nation, I condemn all kinds of racism and acts of violence, peace to ALL Americans!"
Officials had 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.
The images circulating on social networks showed a strong presence of security in the city, where concrete barricades and official cars surrounded the center of the city, with only two entry points for pedestrians.
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.
When the demonstrations continued on August 12, clashes erupted between neo-Nazi and anti-fascist sympathizers of a group dressed in black called Antifa.
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The violence culminated with a man driving a car against a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing a woman 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 only a day later, Trump said there was "both sides' fault" for the violence in Virginia, condemning 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; He said that Mexicans crossing the border with the United States are rapists and drug traffickers; he once referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as "Miss Housekeeping" and hired Steve Bannon, the central figure of the new "alt-right" in the United States, as his chief campaign manager and chief strategist for a time.
In one of the most recent outbreaks 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 the word N "multiple times" while performing his He played the reality show "The Apprentice" before his presidential career, and 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.
Although she does not write that she herself heard Trump use the taboo language, she cites three anonymous sources and adds that she experienced "really 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 book as plagued with lies and false accusations and as the product of a "disgruntled former employee of the White House."