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After Charlottesville, Dodge ends promotion of Roadkill Nights, GM CEO leaves Trump panel

GM CEO Mary Barra and President Trump
GM CEO Mary Barra and President Trump

The violence in Charlottesville has dominated the news all week, affecting seemingly everything -- including cars. The white supremacist who drove into the crowd last weekend, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others, was behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger.

Coincidentally, Dodge was using Twitter to promote a series of drag races called Roadkill Nights near Detroit, which were taking place the same day as the violence in Charlottesville, Automotive News reports. Roadkill is the name of a drag racing magazine and a web site sponsored by Dodge, and the car maker had been using the hashtag #RoadKillNights to promote the event as recently as Tuesday, when Dodge deleted the posts.

Also as a result of Charlottesville, President Trump's business advisory councils disbanded. Several U.S. CEOs quit in protest over Trump's response to the violence, including General Motors CEO Mary Barra, who issued a statement. "General Motors is about unity and inclusion and so am I," the statement said. "Recent events, particularly those in Charlottesville, Va., and its aftermath, require that we come together as a country and reinforce values and ideas that unite us -- tolerance, inclusion and diversity -- and speak against ... racism, bigotry and any politics based on ethnicity."