“On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country”, Trump said at the press conference, which was called after one person died in the Virginia chaos; a auto drove into a crowd of anti-racism counterprotesters, injuring at least 19 and killing the aforementioned, and now unidentified, person. Virginia State Police said Saturday that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home around 5 p.m. It is unclear if the events are related.
“It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property”, McAuliffe wrote in a statement on his emergency declaration.
– ‘The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of ‘many sides.’ It is racists and white supremacists.’ – Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat. Our message is plain and simple: “go home”, McAuliffe told a news conference.
“You are not wanted in this great commonwealth”. “It has no place in America”.
Trump said “many sides” were involved in the Charlottesville incidents, drawing fire for not specifically denouncing the far right.
US President Donald Trump described this a bad event.
Trump never used the words “white supremacy” or “white nationalism”.
Police fired tear gas against demonstrators, who were throwing bottles and using pepper spray, and said that arrests had been made after a declaration of unlawful assembly at Emancipation Park.
Five people suffered critical injuries and four had serious injuries from the auto strike, the University of Virginia Health System said.
A unnamed White House official clarified to NBC News what the president meant by “many sides”, saying that Trump was “condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides”.
“These were white supremacists and this was domestic”, said Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group charged with helping to get Republicans elected to the Senate.
“We have to heal the wounds of our country”, the president said to conclude his remarks.
They clashed with another group of people who were opposing this rally of white nationalists. Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas delivered the latest on the situation.
Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign a year ago.
The confrontation was a stark reminder of the growing political polarisation that has intensified since Trump’s election a year ago.
Multiple witnesses told U.S. media the victims were counter-protestors denouncing the so-called “alt-right”.
Virginia State Police referred to the incident as a “three vehicle crash” and confirmed that there were “multiple injuries”.
Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and “advocating for white people”.
“I started to cry”. “It was just hard to watch, hard to see”.
Among the white supremacists at Saturday’s rally were alt-right leader Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke.
Trump’s reference to “V.A.” was not to Virginia, but rather to the Veterans Administration: the president’s 3 pm presser had originally been planned as a signing of the Veterans Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which provides funding to extend a program that allows veterans to seek care at private medical facilities instead of just at the V.A.