13 August, 2017
Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitoring the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
"We need to make certain that this is the kind of thing that we don't tolerate or abide by, and I think most people, most Americans who are watching what is taking place in Charlottesville today, are probably appalled by what is taking place there today, just as they are concerned about what is taking place in North Korea", said Blackburn. At least two people were treated for serious but non-life-threatening emergencies from altercations by 10:30 a.m. Counter-protesters flooded the area to square off with the group of alt-right activists and white supremacists. One person died and at least 26 others were sent to the hospital after a auto plowed into a group of peaceful anti-racist counterprotesters amid days of race-fueled marches and violent clashes.
The driver has been arrested.
"It has been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama". There is no excuse for violence and bigotry.
Without uttering the words "white nationalism", President Donald Trump said from Bedminster, N.J. that his administration is "closely following the bad events" in Charlottesville, VA, and "condemns in the strongest possible terms this egregious display".
Following the clashes, a state of emergency was declared by the authorities, and police and security forces were deployed in riot gears. "We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted that the "violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of 'many sides.' It is racists and white supremacists".
"Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here's mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus", Signer said.
Trump's remarks came soon after the mayor of Charlottesville tweeted that one person had died as a result of the protests.
"So glad GEOTUS called this bulls-t out for what it really is", said another commenter, using an acronym to refer to Trump that stands for "God Emperor of the United States'".
About two hours after the president's tweet, Trump expanded with a four-minute statement that began: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". Lets come together as one!
But he kept quiet Saturday morning as a protest led by white nationalists, who arrived with torches and chants in Charlottesville, on Friday night, turned violent. We love our country.
Following Trump's original message, Vice President Mike Pence said he was standing with Trump against "hate & violence".
A reporter shouted a question to Trump about whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists but the president made no comment.
For many Americans, they are outdated symbols of racism and slavery, and have been mobilizing to have them taken down from public places.