The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday said she refuses to speak with President Trump after watching his remarks Tuesday about the violence there, during which the president said there were "very fine people" on both sides of the protests.
Susan Bro told "Good Morning America" on Friday morning she missed several "frantic" calls from the White House, the first of which she said came during the funeral for her daughter, Heather Heyer, on Wednesday.
Bro said she hadn't had a chance to return those calls, but said after watching the news and a clip of Trump's press conference from Trump Tower, she has no desire to speak with the president anymore.
"I hadn't really watched the news until last night, and I'm not talking to the president now. I'm sorry," Bro said. "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 Miss Heyer' with the KKK and the white supremacists."
"You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry," Bro continued. "I'm not forgiving for that."
During an impromptu press conference on Tuesday, the president reiterated comments made Saturday that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, where white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee clashed with counter-demonstrators.
Heyer died and 19 others were injured after James Alex Fields Jr., a suspected Nazi sympathizer, plowed his car into the crowd of people protesting the white nationalists.
In addition to saying "both sides" were to blame for the events in Charlottesville, Trump also said there were "very fine people" protesting with the white nationalist groups and counter-demonstrators.
The president's comments shocked Republicans and Democrats, who said Trump drew a moral equivalence between the counter-protesters and white supremacists.