On Wednesday, the mother of Heather Heyer, the woman murdered by a right-wing extremist in Charlottesville, Virginia, spoke to CNN’s New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman about the fate of her killer.
James Fields was sentenced to 419 years in prison for the murder, a sentence Heyer’s mother Susan Bro said leaves her “contented.”
“I felt secure in handing him over to prosecution and to judgment that it was not my problem,” she told CNN. “I have plenty else to do with the Heather Heyer Foundation, and I just didn’t feel like I needed to consume my own self with hate… In my life, I prefer not to hate people.”
Bro said she felt some relief about the trial being over.
“It was emotionally exhausting. I felt like I was onstage a lot of the time,” she said. “It was particularly difficult the day they played videos of the actual crime, as it was committed, and the day they talked about Heather’s autopsy report. Those were extremely difficult days. I will tell you that I sat and cried a lot in court.”
Bro said that she had never expected Heyer to die in this way.
“I basically said Heather’s death was an explosion in our lives,” she said of her victim impact statement. “It robbed us of somebody that was loving and caring and committed to family and committed to justice and committed to equality. Robbed the world of a wonderful person.”
Bro talked about her work with the foundation named for her daughter.
“Well, I say that Heather stood that day with her friends just simply as a support and ally to say ‘black lives do matter,'” she said. “I feel a lot of people will think that this trial is the end of the story, and this was not the beginning of the story nor is it the end of the story. The civil rights movement has gone on for decades, particularly here in Charlottesville, and it will continue.”
When asked to assess how the president handled her daughter’s death, Bro again talked about the “erratic” calls she got from the White House.
“I turned my phone off on the way to the funeral because I was trying to concentrate and I already had one politician call me. I just turned my phone off,” she said. “By the time I turned my phone on… I saw that there had been three phone calls from the White House during the funeral itself. They each sounded a bit increasingly frantic, which I thought was odd… The only thing I particularly had to say to him is ‘Please, think before you speak.'”
Bro was also bothered by Trump meeting with bikers, some of whom had racist tattoos, at the White House on the anniversary of her death.
“On the anniversary of her death I believe he had a large crowd of bikers come to the White House, and I have nothing against bikers, in general, except for the ones that are proudly displaying their Nazi slogans and tattoos, many of whom were at the White House, and again, he was delighted with the crowd,” she said. “I took that as a dog whistle.”
‘I told you this would happen’: CNN’s Cuomo tears into Trump for trying to ruin Dr Fauci
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for his latest attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci.
"Fauci is not to blame for any of this. Trump is, period," said Cuomo. "And now that the reality is sinking in to blue and red, to left, right, and reasonable, Trump is doing what he always does: trying to shift blame to someone else. And we must reject efforts to shift stink onto the one man we can trust."
"Now, in these White House attacks, we see their principles on display as well, don't we?" said Cuomo. "Eat your own, lie about Fauci, deny your role, and defy the mandate of leadership that we gave you. And how about using an unnamed official to smear the only credible voice they have on this voice. Where are the worries about anonymous sources now, Mr. President? This is making America great again? You pardon a convicted liar and lie about a man with a conviction to fight a pandemic, which you apparently lack."
CNN host buries Trump for promoting elderly game show host’s COVID conspiracy
CNN's John Berman on Monday buried President Donald Trump for promoting the medical advice of a former game show host over the advice of doctors when it comes to the novel coronavirus.
The president on Monday morning promoted a tweet from former "Love Connection" host Chuck Woolery that accused both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors in general of deliberately lying about the pandemic to harm Trump's re-election bid.
Damning CNN supercut shows how Trump has been ‘wrong about every aspect of the pandemic’
President Donald Trump's allies have been circulating an opposition research file on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for getting some things wrong in the past when talking about the novel coronavirus.
However, the president has gotten vastly more wrong about the pandemic -- and CNN on Monday showed the receipts.