>> A year after the Unite the Right rally turned deadly and shook Charlottesville, Virginia and the rest of the country along with it, far right wing activists and counter protesters are set to convene again Sunday. This time in the shadow of the White House.>> I'm Justin Mitchell in Washington at Lafayette Park, where right behind me police are preparing for when dozens of white nationalist activists will arrive later today for Unite the Right 2.
Counter protesters are already convening in the park and in the surrounding areas. After another right wing protest in Portland, Oregon turned violent over the weekend, nobody is sure what's going to happen.>> President Trump, from his summer vacation at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course, Tweeted a call Saturday for Americans to come together as a nation, and his rejection of all types of racism and acts of violence.
Last year Trump drew some of the heaviest criticism of his presidency for blaming both sides for the violence that left 32 year old Heather Heyer dead after James Alex Fields, Jr., allegedly rammed his car into a group of counter protesters. Charlottesville itself is still under an unprecedented lockdown Sunday.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and police have a strong presence in the downtown area.>> Unite the Right's organizers have told participants not to bring any of the shields, clubs or other weapons used in last year's clashes, and the police presence here is strong.
But the counter protesters seem determined to send the message that the Unite the Right activists are not welcome in the city.