13 August, 2017
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".
McAuliffe said at a news conference earlier in the day that three people had died, apparently a reference to the woman who died in the vehicle crash and the two victims of the helicopter crash. And he did not condemn the white nationalist and white supremacist groups that had arrived to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a hero of the Confederacy - and the president did not call out any of those groups by name. Today, in 2017, we are instead seeing a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.
Hundreds of white nationalists gathered at a city park in Charlottesville for a rally on Saturday and had a bust-up with counterprotesters leading to the death of one and the declaration of a state of emergency by the governor. As I'm sure almost all of readers know, the violence erupted today when white nationalists trying to hold a rally clashed with protesters who objected to their rally. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Trump cannily utilized these white nationalists as shock-troops for his insurgent candidacy, going so far as officially placing alt-right guru Steve Bannon in the White House as a key presidential advisor.
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".
"I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today".
President Donald Trump blamed "many sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the wake of a white nationalist demonstration, drawing swift reactions. Trump tweeted condolences about the woman killed the protests Saturday evening, more than five hours after the crash.
- "The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of "many sides". I urge all people of good will-go home".
"We stand with the counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, and will continue to fight for justice across the country", the statement added". It is not everyday political rhetoric to scream epithets at people who don't look like you or worship like you.
Mr Trump said: "We want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen". "And we will not let anybody come here and destroy it".
"Sometimes, there are people trying to sound self-righteous when really, the president made it extremely clear - all of us condemn this horrifying tragedy", Franks said.