Newsweek’s Scott Allen has the latest on President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s holding a new rally at the nation’s capitol.
He says it’s a “big deal” but adds that he doesn’t know if it will work out.
1:54A reporter for ABC News says Trump’s decision to hold a rally at a city with a long history of hate speech and violence is a big deal but adds “I don’t know what to make of it.”
The network says the president’s decision was made before news of the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, broke.
“What this President is doing today in the midst of these protests and the violence that we are seeing is a massive departure from his policies,” anchor and senior correspondent Peter Hamby said.
Hamby says there is no evidence the president will be able to mobilize a large crowd, and that the president needs more time to weigh the implications of the event.
“There is no question that the President has said he wants a rally.
He wants a large gathering, not just in the capitol but anywhere where there is a large population of people,” Hamby added.
Hamby also said the rally is “a big deal.”
The president announced the rally, which will take place on Tuesday, July 9, in response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville that left one counter-protester dead.
It comes a day after the president announced that he would be canceling his Friday meeting with the families of three Americans killed in the Charlottesville clashes.
Hambor said that in a statement, the president has acknowledged the violence in the streets and the “hateful actions that took place.”
But he said he does not believe Trump will be willing to take any concrete action to “ensure the safety and security of the American people and the communities in which we live.”
“In the days and weeks ahead, we will be working with the White House and the Congress to ensure that the safety of the people and communities in our country are not compromised,” Hambor said.