Charlottesville mayor confirms 1 death, urges protesters to 'go home'

Lawrence Kim
August 13, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and others implored Trump to call the incidents at the rally - which included a vehicle plowing through a crowd killing at least one person and injuring at least nine others - as a "terror attack" and "domestic terrorism" by white supremacists.

Just before the incident, thousands of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and right-wing protesters, as well as groups that oppose them, clashed during the "Unite the Right" rally at the Emancipation Park in the downtown.

The skirmishes unfolded following a scuffle Friday night between torch-bearing demonstrators and counter-protesters at the nearby University of Virginia.

Small bands of protesters who showed up to express their opposition to the rally were seen marching around the city peacefully by midafternoon, chanting and waving flags.

Trump did not mention white nationalists in his statement - and he reportedly ignored questions from the press about a vehicle plowing into multiple counter-protesters.

Virginia state police also said one of their agency's helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers.

Trump said that he spoke to Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe and "we agreed that the hate and the division in the America must stop, and must stop right now".

"I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours", he said in a statement.

The scenes in Virginia were similar to others that happened around far-right protests at Berkeley, California, and Portland, Oregon. Authorities declared an unlawful assembly and police ordered people to disperse.

Donald Trump addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a press conference on Saturday afternoon, and people aren't happy.

Following the incident President Trump addressed the nation while on vacation in New Jersey saying: "We have to heal the wounds of our country".

"It's been going on for a long time in our country", he continued.

"Go home. You came here today to hurt people", McAuliffe said.

The crash sparked immediate outrage on social media with an outpour of people calling the accident an act of terrorism, comparing the instance to similar car-plowing accidents that have taken place in London in 2017 and in Nice, France in 2016. Our message is plain and simple: Go home.

Donald Trump has condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence" in the USA city of Charlottesville after violence erupted at a far-right rally.

And just as he has so often refused any responsibility for hatred espoused in his name, he made sure to note, looking into the camera, that this kind of violence has been "going on for a long time in country", adding, "Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".

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