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VIDEO: Kaine Statement on Anniversary of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville

Video of Kaine discussing the anniversary on CNN today is available here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the anniversary of the violent white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, which resulted in the deaths of Charlottesville native Heather Heyer and Virginia State Troopers Berke Bates and Jay Cullen in 2017:

“The attack in Charlottesville five years ago was a heartbreaking tragedy and a reminder that we have much more work ahead to confront hate. We must unequivocally stand against violence and bigotry and commit to being better today than we were yesterday.”

In 2019, Kaine introduced legislation named in honor of Heather Heyer, the Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Act, which would improve hate crimes reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. Key provisions from this bill were included in the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which was signed into law by President Biden in May 2021.