Even after a year, Trump has still not specified whom he considered to be among the "very fine people" who joined the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
As many businesses in a popular downtown shopping district began to open Saturday, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors.
Members of the Virginia State Police search the belongings of people entering the downtown mall area of the city August 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. "It feels good that they're here in front of our store". The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally. "It looked like a war zone a year ago compared to what it is today".
Sunday is the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville, where hundreds of rally participants gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.
The rally attracted counter protesters, and clashes quickly broke out between the two groups.
The violence culminated when a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.
A group of leftist protesters known as antifa - shorthand for anti-fascists - marched in silence Saturday afternoon to the site of Heyer's death, where those who wanted to pay their respects had used chalk to scrawl messages of remembrance in the street and on the walls of nearby buildings.
That protest left one person dead and highlighted the growing boldness of the far right under Trump. States of emergency were declared Wednesday for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Charlottesville.
Local and state authorities framed the weekend's heightened security as a necessary precaution. Officers from the U.S. Park Police and the Washington police department will erect a barrier separating the white nationalists and the thousands of counterprotesters who intend to oppose them.
An independent investigation of the rally violence, led by a former federal prosecutor, found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.
Carlson's group locked arms and chanted slogans of their own, including "Black Lives Matter!" and "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!".
Trump insulted the intelligence of National Basketball Association star LeBron James and CNN anchor Don Lemon, both of whom are black, reignited his crusade against black football players protesting against police brutality and told a group of business leaders that Chinese students studying in the United States were spies.
Demonstrators unfurled a banner that said "Last year they came w/ torches".
Only took him a year..
Another far-right rally is scheduled for Sunday, right outside the White House.
Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told The Associated Press that she'd been dreading the first anniversary of her daughter's death and compared losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves repeatedly roll in.
Bro likened losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves roll continually in: "You let the wave wash over, and you don't chase it. So we can't go back to the past, but we can definitely move on from this", Brock said. 'But I have to be honest that the weight of it is getting to me today and tomorrow'.