Former Vice President Joe Biden dove into the deep pool of 2020 Democratic candidates while centering his campaign video around the Charlottesville riots, which has the family of the victim who was killed in the violent rally speaking out.
The mother of the woman, Heather Heyer, who was killed in 2017 during the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, told CNN on Friday that Biden reached out to her the afternoon of the day he officially announced his presidential run — but not prior to his ad’s release on Thursday.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, explained that when the former VP called her, the two discussed the loss of both of their children and “how forming a foundation helps you survive, but that’s really all the kinds of things we talked about.”
Bro said she believes the conversation went “something like, ‘I would have reached out sooner but I wasn’t sure how you would feel.’ And I commented, ‘yes, I noticed how you didn’t mention her name because you hadn’t contacted me.'”
The victim’s mother added that she doesn’t particularly wish he had used her daughter’s name, but she said she wasn’t devasted or traumatized by the use of her daughter’s image.
She added, “I think it was traumatizing for some other people in Charlottesville to just suddenly have that thrown up at them on the screen.”
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Not a good look from Joe Biden at all. Heather Heyer's mom, Susan Bro, is on CNN talking about how Biden didn't even contact her before making Heather — who was murdered in Charlottesville in 2017 — the centerpiece of his campaign-opening video. pic.twitter.com/bIpYKwgPbZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 26, 2019
In Biden’s campaign ad, he chose to center the majority of it on the violent events in Charlottesville.
He pointed out President Donald Trump’s controversial comment following the violence when he said there are “very fine people on both sides.”
In case you missed it, see his campaign video below:
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
As for Trump’s remarks, he doubled down on them outside of the White House on Friday, telling reporters, “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. […] People were there protesting the taking down of the monuments,” as IJR Blue reported.