The emotional conversation unfolded as Hayer’s mom Susan told the world who her daughter was. The 32-year-old paralegal worked to help those who fell on tough financial times. She was a believer in social justice. She cared about equality. She died fighting for it.
“Heather was a very passionate woman,” her mother explained. “She was very fair minded. She was driven to make people clarify their situation, to make people accountable for their behavior, to make people look at themselves and stop what she believed to be unfair.”
She had a “radar” for injustice, her mother continued, saying that Heather took care of people and protected others all throughout her life. She said that everyone is coming out of the woodwork to tell her stories about what a good soul her daughter was and how she worked hard to help them or someone they knew.
She explained that she was with a good friend when she got word they were looking for Heather’s next of kin at the hospital.
“I kept calling the hospital, as my friend was driving me to the hospital,” Susan continued. “They kept telling me, we don’t have a patient by that name and we were frantically trying to find her. And her friends had actually asked the hospital people to find her — it was probably the worst day of my life.”
When it came to President Donald Trump, Susan’s words changed. She said that the president used the words KKK and “white supremacists” for the first time in days and it was important.
“I think we need to call out hate where we see hate,” she said. “I think we need to call out criminal activity where we see criminal activity.”
When it comes to the man charged with her murder, she said she has two emotions. First, that he is young but he’s not a child and he made the decision to willingly commit the action.
“I believe that he thought hate was going to be the answer, and that hate is going to fix things,” she continued. “But he was wrong, and he will someday come to see that, I hope. And I’m sorry for the pain he will go through. I’m sorry for the pain he’s putting his mother through right now. I’m also extremely sorry that he chose to kill my child and to injure a bunch of other people. He didn’t have the right to do that. And if you watch the tapes, you can tell he had that exactly in mind. This wasn’t a video game, buddy, this was real people, OK? There are real consequences to what you did. And I’m sorry you chose to do that. You have ruined your life, and you’ve disturbed mine, but you took my child from me, and I’m going to be the voice that she can no longer be. So, you gave us a national forum, and maybe I should thank you for that. But I can’t. I would rather have my child.”
She brought up the “say her name” campaign and conveyed that she hopes the one thing that can come out of it is that people “check your actions before you do something. You explain yourself to God, to yourself, to another person, whatever you have to do, but you hold yourself accountable before you go after somebody,” she said.
Fox News host jokes about Sarah Sanders’ exit: It’s hard being ‘mouthpiece for a racist, traitorous Nazi president’
Fox News host Jesse Watters on Wednesday joked that President Donald Trump is a "racist, traitorous Nazi president."
Watters marked the last day of Sarah Sanders' tenure as White House press secretary by recalling that she had been a favorite target of activists.
"You are supposed to chase Sarah Sanders out of the restaurant, remember that?" Watters asked Fox News host Martha MacCallum. "They have to dehumanize Sarah Sanders, they have to isolate her, make her feel like not a real person because, remember, she is the mouthpiece for the racist, traitorous Nazi president. He cages kids, sexually assaults people, he is a madman."
‘Fundamentally’ immoral: Federal asylum officers sue Trump administration over immigration policy
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officers are filing suit against the Trump administration, alleging that the president's policy requiring asylum seekers be held in Mexico awaiting their hearing is a risk to their lives.
The officers told a federal court that the policy, which was implemented ostensibly to relieve overcrowding at U.S. detention facilities, is "fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our Nation and our international and domestic legal obligations."
Here’s how Trump’s latest comments dredge up his nasty treatment of John McCain
Speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition on Wednesday, President Donald Trump once again made comments revealing he has little interest in treading sensitively around his feud with the late Sen. John McCain.
He lamented that fact that, during his first two years as president, he struggled to get the votes he wanted for his agenda because he only had 51 (initially 52) Republicans in the Senate.
"And sometimes, you know, they had a little hard time with a couple of them, right?" Trump added, referring to GOP senators who didn't bow to his will. “Fortunately they’re gone now. They have gone on to greener pastures. Or perhaps far-less-green pastures. But they are gone. They are gone ... I’m very happy they are gone.”