This past Saturday, a Nazi-obsessed 20-year-old plowed a car into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a brutal act of domestic terrorism that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens seriously injured — even though the president of the United States has so far refused to call it terrorism or even criticize the violent racist mob that the terrorist had come to Charlottesville to support.
If you're like most of the world, the whole vile situation has left you feeling angry and helpless. At the very least, you can join hundreds of other Miamians at a vigil tonight for the victims of the attack.
The vigil, organized by nearly a dozen local groups, is planned for 8 p.m. at Bayfront Park, part of a nationwide plan to remember the victims and to organize against racism and fascism. Organizers ask attendees to bring candles and to consider donating to funds for Heyer's family and for the medical expenses of the other victims.
The Charlottesville protesters were marching against a literal mob of racist, neo-Nazi demonstrators — led by notorious racist Richard Spencer — when a car sped into the crowd, sending bodies flying. Police later arrested 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. and charged him with second-degree murder.
Fields had traveled from Ohio for the march and, police say, deliberately plotted his attack on the peaceful protesters.
Despite those indisputable facts, Donald Trump refused to specifically condemn the literal Nazis behind the march, instead claiming that "many sides" were to blame.
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To his credit, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was among the first Republicans to tell Trump that defending murderous Nazis is not OK.