*Kevin Durant wasn’t the only one going public with a pre-emptive refusal to be in Donald Trump’s presence.
The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed during Saturday’s white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., says she will not speak with the president after watching clips from his press conference where he blamed “both sides” for the violence.
In an appearance on “Good Morning America” Friday, Susan Bro said she has not and will not speak to President Trump after watching news coverage of the his controversial remarks on Tuesday.
“I’m not talking to the president now, I’m sorry,” Bro said. “It’s not that I saw somebody else’s tweet about him, I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like Ms. Heyer, with the KKK and the white supremacists.”
Bro said the White House has tried multiple times to reach out to her, but in her grief and exhaustion from planning her child’s funeral, she’d simply missed their calls. Now, she said the president cannot excuse his defense of white nationalist protesters.
“You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I’m sorry,” she said. “I’m not forgiving for that.”
Watch Bro’s interview with GMA below:
WATCH: “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I’m sorry.” Mother of Charlottesville victim speaks out. pic.twitter.com/vNiGNgFERi
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 18, 2017
In an interview with NBC’s Katy Tur, Bro said her daughter would laugh in the face of the bigots who are emboldened by Trump’s defense of their Confederate monument protest.
“She would have laughed them to scorn,” she said.
She also added that she feels Trump is catering to the wrong groups of voters.
“I think the president has found a niche in voters of the people who feel marginalized and I think he has continued to nurture those marginalized voters,” she said. “I’ve had death threats already … because of what I’m doing right this second.”
Despite the threats, Bro said she refuses to live in fear and has vowed to continue to carry on her daughter’s legacy by establishing a foundation in her name.
“I want people to start talking to one another,” she said. “Equality is … when you see a person not a label.”
Below, Bro speaks about her daughter at her funeral: