Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville terrorism victim Heather Heyer, will not be speaking with the neo-Nazi-sympathizer-in-chief. During an appearance on Good Morning America Friday, Bro was asked if she had spoken with Trump directly. Her response was as eloquent as it was direct.
"I have not, and now I will not," Bro said. "At first, I just missed his calls. The first call, it looked like, actually 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. That would have been on Wednesday, and I was home recovering from the exhaustion of the funeral. So I thought, well, I'll get to them later, and then I had more meetings to establish her foundation."
Bro added that she didn't get caught up on the news until last night, at which point she decided she has no interest in speaking with Trump. "I'm not talking to the president now," she said. "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."
Asked if this overrides her previous statement (made before seeing Trump's comments), Bro said, "Absolutely. You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry. I'm not forgiving for that."
In comments earlier this week, Trump did indeed equate protesters with neo-Nazis. "I think there's blame on both sides," he said. "You look at both sides, I think there's blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it." Trump also said both sides included "very fine people." On one side, which according to Trump also included these "very fine people," was James Alex Fields Jr. Police say Fields, described by a former teacher as an admirer of Adolf Hitler, intentionally plowed his car into a crowd of protesters. Heyer, 32, was killed.