Trump 2017: White Supremacists March in Charlottesville

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe condemned the white supremacists whose rally in Charlottesville, Virginia led to clashes and deaths.

He told the Nazi marchers, “there is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.  Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.”

McAuliffe appeared at a press conference in Charlottesville after the bloody confrontations.  Earlier, he declared a state of emergency to assist authorities in controlling the situation.

Police said that a 32-year-old woman was killed as she was crossing the street and a car was driven into a crowd of counter-demonstrators. The driver of the vehicle has been apprehended and the case is being treated as a criminal homicide; 19 more injured in the incident. Police have not released the name of the victim or the suspect.

State police also are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred in a wooded area near Charlottesville that occurred just before 5 p.m. ET on Saturday. A spokeswoman confirmed that two people were killed in the crash, but did not verify if the helicopter belonged to the Virginia State Police.
President Trump tweeted condolences to the families of the Virginia officers, as well as to the female victim who was killed.

Cable news networks played shocking images of white nationalists marching in the streets of Charlottesville as they were protesting plans to remove a statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

They quickly clashed with counter-protesters before police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered them to disburse.

McAuliffe said that he spoke with Trump on Saturday and twice told him that “there has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together. The hatred and the rhetoric that has gone on and it’s intensified over the last couple of months is dividing this great nation.”

Trump called for unity, and condemned “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” But he faced criticism for not specifically calling out the white supremacists or citing the car crash.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that it was “very important” for the country to hear the president “describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists.”

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) wrote that “we must call evil by its name.” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) echoed that “we should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

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