Activists in Charlottesville plan a rally against hate on Saturday, and numerous same alt-right groups that appeared in last year's "Unite the Right" rally are planning a sequel in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
"I am urging Virginians to make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate, should those arise", said Northam.
"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", the president said from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort.
Charlottesville, Virginia, braces for the one-year mark of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters, and the city is responding by holding anti-racism events this weekend.
The Commonwealth state of emergency declaration mobilizes and funds state resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard, and other state agencies that will be deployed to Charlottesville and Northern Virginia. Kessler recently abandoned his lawsuit, but he vowed to press ahead with plans for an August 12 rally in Washington, D.C.
"I think 400 is optimistic but we'll see", he said told NewsHour, after reading Kessler's permit application.
"We have learned many lessons from the tragic events of August 12, 2017".
Pence at the time claimed the president had "clearly and unambiguously" denounced white supremacists in Charlottesville after the president faced significant blowback for his comments, which many said appeared to draw a moral equivalence between white nationalists and counter-protesters.
"To be honest, I never expected to be mobilizing against Nazi's", Lance said. The city is planning to establish a "defined security area" downtown where weapons will be banned.
State Police keep a handful of Confederate protesters separated from counter demonstrators in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act between organizers for the white nationalist event and the National Park Service reveal potential speakers at the rally include former grand wizard of the KKK David Duke, who made headlines in 2016 when he signed up to run for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, and neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier Patrick Little. But Newsham, the District's police chief, remained elusive when discussing ingress and egress plans Thursday, insinuating that the means and route Kessler's group ultimately takes could and probably would change at the last minute.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotestor, was killed last year when a self-identified Nazi drove a auto through a crowd of demonstrators. Fields was charged with 29 hate crimes in June.
"I sat in a closed session briefing - probably two months ago - about Charlottesville, with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation amongst others, and asked if Russian intermeddling had do with fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville", he said.