White House says Trump Charlottesville condemnation included 'white supremacists'

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The Virginia State Police confirmed the crash and fatalities on their Facebook page and said the two people killed were in the helicopter. "Let's come together as one!" Video on social media and Reuters photographs showed the auto hit a large group of counter-protesters, sending some flying into the air.

"When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated", Sessions said in a press statement.

During Saturday's clash, white nationalists and counter-protesters tossed bottles, threw punches and deployed chemical sprays. "Shame on you", he said. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.

Several injuries have been reported after a vehicle drove through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon, according to video footage recorded at the scene and media reports. The "Unite the Right" rally sought to challenge the city's ordered removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The turbulence began Friday night when white nationalists carried torches though the city's university campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration.

President Trump responded to the incident with a speech where he placed blame on "many sides" for the violence and bigotry that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville.

On Saturday, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was met with protest from those who opposed racist messages. Police took a man into custody as the subject of a homicide investigation, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said.

"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for", the president stated on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. 20, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 32-year-old woman. Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and more condemned the gathering, and shared their thoughts about the White House's response to the situation.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following awful events unfolding in Virginia.

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