Charlottesville suspect's mother: 'Trump's not a white supremacist'

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The man accused of killing a woman by plowing his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters outside a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday is a Nazi sympathizer dating back to high school, The Washington Post reported Sunday. "Heather died because of white supremacy".

"I don't really talk to him about his political views", she said.

Shortly before the attack Saturday, fistfights and screaming matches erupted between counterprotesters and white nationalists.

"The Army can confirm that James Alex Fields reported for basic military training in August of 2015".

James Fields Jr.is suspected of driving his auto into counter-protesters in Charlottesville - killing one woman.

Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, told the Toledo Blade in OH that she didn't know her son was going to a white nationalist rally and that she didn't even discuss politics with her son.

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Those gathered chanted in support of of refugees and immigrants, and justice for the victims in Charlottesville - especially Heather Heyer, the woman killed in the violent crash.

Judge Robert Downer said the public defenders' office informed him it could not represent Fields because a relative of someone in the office was injured in Saturday's protest. "I thought it had something to do with Trump", she said.

Bloom told the Toledo Blade newspaper that her son had said he was going to an "alt-right" rally in Virginia - using a term that encompasses the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white nationalists.

Fields, of OH, grew up in Florence in northern Kentucky, according to his mother, Samantha Bloom, The Associated Press reported.

One incident describes a friend of the family calling police and alleging that Fields, 20, was threatening his mother with a knife and spit in her face. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.

Federal authorities are holding a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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