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The lies that stoked Charlottesville violence – and threatened my husband – endure

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Five years ago, my city was the unwilling host of the largest gathering of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other white supremacist groups in America in nearly eight decades. Six hundred men with flags, shields, body armor and weapons descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally was ostensibly to protest the city council’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate army leader General Robert E. Lee. It was, in reality and intention, the violent coming-out party of the new “alt-right” white supremacist movement in America.

Over two days, individuals from 50 extreme-right groups and 39 states terrorized Charlottesville, rioting with political and ideological opponents on the streets in a savage show of hatred that culminated when a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of activists, killing Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer, and wounding and maiming over two dozen others.

You may remember, in the ash and rubble of that day, President Donald Trump’s shameful remarks about there being “very fine people on both sides” of the rioting. Or perhaps you know about the candlelight vigils that popped up around the world in solidarity with Charlottesville’s beleaguered population.

What you probably don’t know is that my husband, mayor Mike Signer, is Jewish........

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