UPDATED 8/12/17 3:50pm
(SBN) – During a pre-scheduled press conference meant to focus on a veteran’s bill, President Trump commented on the deadly violence that unfolded during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA Saturday. The rally was planned after the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove a confederate statue from a downtown park. Hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other. After a state of emergency was declared, and the white supremacists groups were told to disband, one person was killed when a car smashed into a group of anti-demonstrators.
From a podium at his New Jersey gold club, Trump condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides,” noting that he repeated the phrase “on many sides” several times. He also professed love for “all Americans.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said during a short statement. “It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
Trump also said the he had talked by phone to Virginia’s governor by phone and both agreed that the violence must stop.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 12, 2017
The president then moved on to the task of signing a bill aimed at aiding veterans’ access to private medical care. He did not call out white nationalist or ‘alt right’ groups in his remarks, nor did he take questions. Trump received overwhelming support during the presidential campaign from the aforementioned groups.
Meantime, former KKK grand wizard David Duke who was among the early supporters of Trump’s campaign was on hand for the Charlottesville events, telling reporters:
“This represents a turning point for the people of this country,” Duke said. “We are determined to take this country back. We’re gonna fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he’s going to take our country back.”
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) August 12, 2017
UPDATED 8/12/17 2:11 pm
(SBN) – Amid a state of emergency in Charlottesville today, triggered by angry, violent clashes between protesters and counter-protesters during a white supremacist rally, comes word that a car has crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Charlottesville; 9 people were reportedly injured.
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— 🇬🇧TRUTH™ (@TruthFederation) August 12, 2017
And now a car crashes into the crowd. This needs to stop now! #Charlotesville
— Melissa Luis (@mrs_melissaluis) August 12, 2017
Original post: 8/12/17 1:25 pm
(SBN) – With chants by white nationalists of “You will not replace us,” and “White lives matter” met by counter-chants of “Racists go home” and “Black lives matter” demonstrators clashed in Charlottesville, VA today prompting a state of emergency by the state’s governor.
Lmao "you will not replace us"
One looks like he is working overtime just to walk with his klan brethren.pic.twitter.com/7pXkH1gmcV
— Bourbon Aficionado (@sweeetesthang) August 12, 2017
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors
Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
The so-called “pro-white” rally was held to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home.
— Cornell Wm. Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) August 12, 2017
After President Trump was called out by his silence on the violence which had gone on for hours, he issued his first reaction to the clashes via Twitter around 1:19pm, but not before First Lady Melania Trump was the first to condemn the violence at 12:36pm.
Meantime, as a candidate, Trump received overwhelming support from white supremacists and the ‘alt-right’ during the presidential campaign.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
At the rally in Charlottesville, former KKK grand wizard David Duke, said the rally represents a “turning point […] We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump and take America back.”
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) August 12, 2017
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
Disgraceful silence from @POTUS. The leader of the so-called party of Lincoln has nothing to say when white supremacists march?
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) August 12, 2017
— Ghelaii (@Ghelaii2) August 12, 2017
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) July 11, 2017
Charlottesville: Declared a State of Emergency As White Supremacists and Counter-protesters Clashpic.twitter.com/TKdFNAUjxU
— ~Marietta️ (@MDavisbot) August 12, 2017
— BOB MARZO (@matrixbobBob) July 11, 2017
— Ahezt (@FB_Ahezt) August 12, 2017