After a press conference on Tuesday in which President Trump equated the "alt-left" with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, the mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer said she does not want to speak to him. Heyer was killed when a racist protester drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, and her death has been the focus of intense political and social scrutiny. President Trump bragged about reaching out to Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, and claimed she thanked him.
While it's true that Bro publicly thanked Trump for finally condemning the hate groups responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, his actions after that left a bitter taste in her mouth. What Trump failed to reveal is that he never spoke to Heyer's mother. According to Bro, he left a voicemail while she was at her daughter's funeral, and she now has no interest in speaking with him.
"At first I just missed his calls." Bro explained she'd been busy recovering from the emotional turmoil, the funeral, and the establishment of a foundation in Heyer's name.
"I hadn’t really watched the news until last night, and … [sigh] I’m not talking to the president now," Bro said. "I’m sorry, after what he said about my child. 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."
When asked if her opinion of Trump has changed, Bro responded, "Absolutely. You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I’m sorry."
He knew. That is why the call was placed at that time. He did not have to talk to her, but could claim he called her. So slimy!— Carol C (@cfeline) August 18, 2017
Heard trump say on tv he spoke to heather's mother, he said they had a wonderful conversation. Lying sack of 💩— Alice. (@Ralphandalice) August 18, 2017