By KENDRA MANN, ABC7 News
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - On CBS' "Face the Nation," Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told Margaret Brennan that he feels President Donald Trump has stoked hate since last year's white nationalist rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017.
On the other hand, Kaine expressed how he feels the rally was a shock to many other Americans and it energized them to take a stand against hate.
"Charlottesville was a shock. And what I think it has created is an energy of people of goodwill standing up and saying, 'There will not be hate. Hate will not define who we are. We're on a path to progress and we're going to stay there," Kaine said.
Kaine went on to explain how he feels the president has caused divisions among Americans by attacking minorities, immigrants or people based on their religious beliefs.
"What I think I’m most concerned about with this president is his [penchant] to divide us. To attack people because they’re immigrants. To attack people because of their religion. To attack minorities. To use vulgar language to describe countries where people come from who might be Latino or African. There is a concerted effort that he has been engaged in to divide people, including dividing people based on race," Kaine said.
.@timkaine says @realDonaldTrump likes to divide rather than pull together: The people who came to Charlottesville to demonstrate their hatred, they I'm sure had those emotions before there was a Pres. Trump. But he's stoking it. And I think that's very damning that he does. pic.twitter.com/zGhOKGzTxm— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 12, 2018
When asked about the president's claims that he's improved living conditions for the African-American community by raising unemployment, Kaine replied by saying, "No, no. I think he's been a failure."
"The unemployment rate is low generally, that’s good. It was coming down when he took office, that’s good. So, I give him that. He doesn’t get all the credit for it because it was coming down significantly when he took office. But how about gaps in income? They are significant. How about gaps in wealth? They are significant," Kaine said.
Sunday marked one year since 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a counterprotester at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, was killed when authorities say James Alex Fields Jr. drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, white nationalists planned to bring what they dubbed "Unite the Right 2" to the nation's capital where they planned to rally at Lafayette Square across from the White House, after being denied permission to hold this year's rally in Charlottesville.
The first Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was in response to the potential removal of Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.