Last Friday morning Heather Heyer was alive, with a mother Susan Bro who adored her. Bro had no idea that by Friday evening tiki torches with screaming white men would threaten Jews, African Americans and all 'commies' holding prayer services in advance of Saturday's march.
James Alex Field's Jr.'s Dodge Challenger hadn't yet run Bro's daughter down in a group of counter-protesters leaving the Charlottesville protest area. After delivering a breathtaking eulogy for Heather Heyer, a call to action in support of her intense commitment to social justice, she sat down to rest at home. Some time later, Bro noticed that the White House was trying to reach her.
"They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her."
“I’d rather have my child, but by golly if I got to give her up, we’re going to make it count,” she said.
Until Thursday, when she spoke to MSNBC's Katy Tur, Bro acknowledged that the White House was trying to reach her but she was overwhelmed. Having watched no coverage of her daughter's death, this eloquent Virginia woman, who shared her daughter's commitment to social justice, didn't know until Thursday that the President of the United States had said on Tuesday at a rogue press conference that there were "very fine people" in the crowd of Nazis, KKK members, and white nationalists whose presence in Thomas Jefferson's home unleashed hatred, bigotry, violence and death.
Speaking with Tur, Bro pushed back on President Trump's insistence that there is blame "on both sides", saying that her daughter was a peaceful protester. After having more time to reflect and probably reading about the avalanche of criticism hitting Trump from every corner over his rogue comments that supported white nationalism, Bro was clear about what she wanted to say when hooked up to ABC's Good Morning America and co-host Robin Roberts.
"How are you and the family holding up right now, Susan?" Roberts asked.
"Well, the dog's not doing well honestly," Bro said, holding back tears. "I think she's just grieving herself to death, honestly. And I mostly don't have time to grieve. I have a mission to accomplish."
Halfway through the interview, Roberts mentions that the president is trying to reach her.
"I'm not talking to the president now," Bro said, explaining why before ending her comments with four simple words: "Think before you speak."
Speaking with her colleagues after the interview concluded, Robin Roberts explained that Susan Bro has received death threats.
“Talk is fear to them,” Bro responded to Tur's Thursday question about why she is being threatened. Referencing the white nationalists, Bro added: “I don’t know why. Talk is fear.”