In addition to Kessler, also planning to attend the white-supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by Washington City Paper from the National Park Service, are David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, and several neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.
Last year, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when she was struck by a vehicle that had plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Washington authorities have ramped up the capital's emergency level to allow for additional resources to prevent violence, but some are bracing for confrontation. But some critics jumped on the president's wording of "all types of racism", saying this was just another version of Trump's claim previous year that "both sides" were responsible for the violence.
A white nationalist protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee turned violent past year when participants clashed with counter protesters.
In Aug. 2017, hundreds of people traveled to Charlottesville to participate in the Unite the Right rally and protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.
Fistfights and screaming matches broke out, and the rally officially was called off.
The crowd was eventually forced to disperse but a auto that authorities say was driven by a man fascinated with Adolf Hitler later plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters.
President Trump - who a year ago faced widespread condemnation for blaming the violence on "both sides" - wrote on Twitter Saturday morning that the protests had "resulted in senseless death and division" and that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence".
But the service said it has also issued a permit at the same park on the same day for counter-protesters, a move that appeared to raise the prospects of a violent clash right in front of the White House.
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Many cities across the country have been grappling with what to do with their Confederate statues, as some feel that they are reminders of a dark time of racism in USA history and should be taken down.
"No one should be surprised". Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama.
Members of the neo-nazi organization wearing all black military-style uniforms and carrying banners, flags and shields, were led down LaGrange Street and into the park by NSM Commander Jeff Schoep.
This follows a wave of white nationalist events across the country so far this month, including one in Portland and one in Berkeley.
The declaration will be in place Friday through Sunday for events in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. Northam's statement said the action will give state agencies the necessary tools to "perform actions outside the scope of normal operations".
Police have instituted a temporary policy making it illegal to carry guns in and around the rally Sunday.
Participants are also asked to "not react with anger to anyone", despite the expectation of counter-protesters.
"You had some very bad people in that group". Portland Police is conducting an internal investigation into its use of force on August 4, which included flash bangs, after a June 30 rally there turned into a riot, sending at least four to area hospitals by ambulance.