Manigaults allegations have been received with both skepticism and schadenfreude considering Trump's race-baiting and well-chronicled denigration of women. He said then that there were "good people on both sides", and later "blame on both sides".
On Friday, Trump was denounced for not marking the anniversary of the Charlottesville tragedy but instead tweeting about National Football League players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, inflaming a racially divisive issue. A large counterprotest is also scheduled. Last year's rally exposed a racial divide in the city, Debbie says.
After a few minutes, most of the demonstrators began to walk away.
John Peter Miska, 64, of Albemarle County, was arrested for having items that been banned this weekend. Miska was released on a summons.
Police blocked off streets and mobilised hundreds of officers for the anniversary of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In addition, they will enforce a state law that prohibits wearing masks in certain places. Concrete barriers and metal fences had been erected, and police were searching bags at two checkpoints where people could enter or leave.
The event descended into violence, with clashes erupting between attendees and counterprotesters.
Meanwhile Washington's robust local activist community is also gearing up for counter-protests.
"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis".
The police chief said he wants a day in which "Nobody gets injured and nothing gets broke". "I certainly predict that they will be much more professional and much more even-handed and do much more to contribute to safety", he said.
But some business owners and downtown visitors said Saturday they were comforted by the security measures. "We don't see no riot here", activists chanted Saturday evening.
Any response from Trump to this year's demonstrations could have consequences as Democrats look to harness outrage for electoral gains.
Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.
Ahead of the weekend, it was unclear whether white supremacists would try to reprise the rally.
UVA Students United had organized the rally on the north plaza of the campus' rotunda. The city rejected several event permit requests in downtown, including one for "Unite the Right 2". Fields faces one federal hate crime, along with 28 additional charges.
The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two troopers.
(CNN)White nationalists and other right-wing groups will gather along the lawns and brick paths of Lafayette Square in the shadow of the White House on Sunday for a controversial "white civil rights rally".
In Virginia, heightened security measures for this weekend's events include State Police and Virginia National Guard presence in Charlottesvile.
More than 700 Virginia State Police personnel alone are trained and ready to be assigned if the need arises, Virginia State Police Colonel Gary T. Settle said.