Fairfax priest takes leave after revealing past affiliation with KKK; Trump says media misrepresented Charlottesville statements

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Aug. 23.

A Catholic priest for the Diocese of Arlington is taking a leave of absence from his position at his Fairfax parish after writing a column for the Arlington Catholic Herald about his past affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan. It’s been 40 years since Father William Aitcheson left the KKK, but the fatal white supremacist rally in Charlottesville prompted him to write the column and temporarily step down.

President Donald Trump held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, where he accused the media of misrepresenting his statements about the violence in Charlottesville. During protests outside Trump’s rally, someone reportedly threw rocks and bottles at police, and police responded with pepper spray.
(The Washington Post, WTOP)

A week after the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie described the groups behind the violence as having a “twisted mindset rooted in hating and oppressing certain of us.” He did not mention President Trump during the speech in Richmond.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

In his final months in office, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become a fierce critic of President Trump following his response to the Charlottesville rally.
(The Washington Post)

President Trump signed a resolution that makes way for a Metro Safety Commission.
(The Washington Post)

ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee was removed as commentator for University of Virginia’s season-opening game due to his name and in light of the fatal Charlottesville protests over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. He will instead serve as commentator for the Youngstown State game.