Susan Bro spoke about the loss of her daughter, Heather Heyer, in an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, saying she will not speak with President Donald Trump now after seeing his latest press conference on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.
"I'm not talking to the president now, I'm sorry, after what he said about my child," said Bro. She added, "You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, 'I'm sorry.'"
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer: "I'm not talking to the President now." pic.twitter.com/d5aXitlYym— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) August 18, 2017
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Heyer, a counter-protester who joined hundreds of others in demonstrating against the white supremacists, was killed when James Alex Fields allegedly drove his car into a group of people. Hundreds attended Heyer's funeral on Wednesday and her death inspired a huge candlelight vigil at University of Virginia that evening.
On Monday, Bro released a statement thanking the president for the most measured words he's offered so far about the weekend's violence, while reading from a prepared statement. But after seeing Trump's press conference from Tuesday in which he insisted that there were "very fine people" among both the white supremacists and the counter-protesters, and that both sides were guilty of violence, Bro said she would not be speaking with him again.
When asked during the interview about what message she would like to send to Trump, Bro replied, "Think before you speak."