Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday and said her feelings about President Donald Trump have changed following his statements this week.
Heyer was killed when a car rammed into counter-protesters demonstrating at a White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
Bro confirmed that Trump first called her during her daughter’s funeral on Wednesday, but she missed his calls and is now refusing them.
Asked by GMA anchor Robin Roberts if she has spoken directly with Trump, Bro said, “I have not and now I will not.”
“I’m not talking to the president now … after what he said about my child” Bro said, referring to Trump’s comments earlier this week, in which he said there was “blame on both sides” for the clashes in Charlottesville.
“You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump said. “Nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it.”
Bro said that she had “not really watched the news” until Thursday night, when she saw “an actual clip of [Trump] at a press conference equating the protesters, ‘like Ms. Heyer,’ with the KKK and the white supremacists.”
After more muted comments from the president on Monday, Bro originally released a statement saying, “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred.”
Now, it seems her feelings towards Trump’s response have changed and she does not plan to speak to the president.
“You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry,'” Bro said. “I’m not forgiving for that.”
Watch the full “Good Morning America” interview below:
MORNING EXCLUSIVE: Full interview with Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, victim from the Charlottesville attack: https://t.co/jGJ0mfxdGD pic.twitter.com/CWQFdszQgr
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 18, 2017
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