Solidarity vigil held at Garden of Reflection

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Solidarity among group at Garden of Reflection
Solidarity among group at Garden of Reflection. Christie Ileto reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on August 15, 2017.

LOWER MAKEFIELD, Pa. (WPVI) -- One day after condemning white supremacist groups involved in the deadly violence in Virginia, President Donald Trump re-opened the conversation, arguing that "there is blame on both sides" for what happened.

FULL VIDEO: President Trump speaks at Trump Tower on August 15, 2017.

Trump's comments, delivered Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York, didn't sit well with some in Bucks County.

They gathered Tuesday night in Lower Makefield to express solidarity with the victims.

Gathered in song - John Lennon's 'Imagine' was one of them - dozens of residents rallied at the 9/11 Garden of Reflection.

"This gathering is to give voice to people who are all feeling very angry right now and very afraid of what we're seeing. And we're here to say we stand up for community, for love," organizer Debra Wachspress said.

Trump blames 'both sides' for Charlottesville. Rick Williams reports during Action News at 5:30 p.m. on August 15, 2017.

"Just the fact that he didn't fully denounce it is insane to me," Zach Holzberg of Yardley, Pa. said, referring to Trump's comments.

"As an African American, being in a country where this is constantly happening, it makes it difficult," Edithson Abelard of Bucks County said.

Many say it is difficult to digest that this form of hate is flourishing in 2017.

"We're more angry than sad and more committed to what can we do to challenge it," Stuart Chen Hayes of Newtown Township said.

Clergy in Philadelphia will hold a rally Wednesday against the violence that occurred in Virginia.


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