Charlottesville: Heather Heyer's mother says 'I have not and will not talk to Donald Trump'

Charlottesville: Heather Heyer's mother says 'I have not and will not talk to Donald Trump'

Susan Bro says she was contacted by the White House during the funeral

Friday, August 18, 2017

The mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in the Charlottesville protests, has said she has not and will not speak to Donald Trump.

Susan Bro said she won't talk to the US President due to comments he made in a press conference on Tuesday (August 15) where he blamed both sides for the protest violence.

Before this Trump had condemned the violence of white supremacy groups, which Bro had thanked him for, as his original statement had also blamed both sides.

Bro revealed that the White House had tried to contact her whilst her daughter’s funeral took place on Wednesday (August 16), according to Newsweek.

The mother told Good Morning America: “At first I just missed his calls. The first call it actually looked like it came during the funeral. I didn’t even see that message. There were three more frantic messages from press secretaries throughout the day and I didn’t know why."

She explained that she thought she would contact the White House after recovering from the funeral and going to a few meetings, but due to being busy she hadn't yet seen the news about Trump's comments.

But after seeing what the President had said, Bro decided "I’m not talking to the President now, I’m sorry. After what he said about my child. And it’s not that I saw somebody else’s tweets about him. I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like Ms Heyer, with the KKK and the white supremacists.”

She added: "You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying 'I'm sorry.' I'm not forgiving for that.” Bro also claimed that the President should think more before he speaks.

On Thursday (August 17) the mother also said that some people from the far-right had sent her death threats and suggested that Trump is trying to "nurture those marginalised voters."