Trump, politicians condemn white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
The wave of violence incited during a gathering Saturday of white nationalists and counter-protesters led President Donald Trump and other state and national lawmakers to denounce the rally as hateful.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The wave of violence incited during a gathering Saturday of white nationalists and counter-protesters led President Donald Trump and other state and national lawmakers to denounce the rally as hateful.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle agreed that such speech, which included racist and anti-Semitic slurs, should be condemned, and some emphasized that while they support freedom of speech and assembly, they do not condone the violence and racism seen in Charlottesville.
House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted the views expressed in the city were "repugnant" and "vile bigotry."
At least one person was arrested and eight injured in the clashes, which included a car plowing into a group of marchers as they walked through the streets.
The "Unite the Right" rally, which was organized by members of the so-called alt-right, were supposed to be protesting the planned removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city's Emancipation Park.
State police and members of the Virginia National Guard surrounded the park after Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency before the noon start time and city officials declared the rally an unlawful assembly. That effectively ended the rally's start, and Emancipation Park remained empty.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
People who came to VA to spew hate & incite violence have no place here. We stand for inclusion and will not go backwards. Praying for peace— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 12, 2017
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
March & rally in Charlottesville against everything the flag stands for. President Trump must condemn in strongest terms immediately.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 12, 2017
David Duke, the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, responded to Trump in a series of tweets to remind him "who put you in the presidency."
Richard Spencer, who attended the "Unite the Right" march, also argued on Twitter that white supremacists were not at fault.