President Trump condemns 'bigotry and violence on many sides' amid Charlottesville unrest

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.

"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'". The driver was subsequently arrested, and the incident is now being treated as a "criminal homicide".

"A third auto came down and impacted the two other vehicles, hitting some of the protesters", Knupp said. "As of late this afternoon, there have been at least 35 people treated for injuries by city personnel".

More information will be posted as it becomes available. The driver then reversed rapidly, hitting more people as they did so. Police have not offered any details on the vehicle incident. They promised to provide further information soon.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides", Trump said at a press conference. There is no place for this kind of violence in America.

But some of the white nationalists cited Trump's victory as validation for their beliefs, and Trump's critics pointed to the president's racially tinged rhetoric as exploiting the nation's festering racial tension. "Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day", said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent in a news release. City officials told the Progress that just one arrest had been made by the time the march was due to begin.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as demonstrations in Charlottesville erupted into violence Saturday morning. Most were donned in black. Video showed some bodies flying in the air.

The deadly incidents stemmed from clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters facing off in the streets, at times swinging fists and unleashing chemical sprays at each other.

White nationalist demonstrators class with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Lee, who was born in Virginia, commanded Confederate forces in the Civil War from 1862 until he surrendered in 1865. When pressed on what exactly the president saw or heard from the counterprotesters that was bigoted or hateful, the spokesman did not respond.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices. "No good comes from violence". He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate. on both sides!

The previous evening hundreds of torch-bearing far right marchers demonstrated at the University of Virginia campus, which also turned into a brawl after they were met by counter-protesters.

"What we've seen today in Charlottesville needs to be condemned and called what it is: hatred, evil, racism & homegrown extremism", former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a tweet.

"So when I watch Charlottesville, to me it's very, very sad", Trump said.

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