The violence prompted Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency in Charlottesville, where white nationalists and neo-Nazis joined alt-right demonstrators to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Police said they had the driver of the auto in custody, identifying him later Saturday as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio.
In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group travelled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters. The comment and Trump's refusal to directly name white supremacist groups for inciting violence in Charlottesville-where a person drove a vehicle into a crowd of people injuring 19 people and killing one person-has resulted in a wave of criticism from all sides regarding his inability to stand up to racist white hate groups.
Witnesses said it looked like the driver meant to mow down people. A video showed some people encouraging fights and others using pepper spray against each other. "There are not "many sides" here, just right and wrong". It is unclear if the events are related.
The state of emergency allowed local authorities to request additional resources if needed, the police department said.
Prominent Democrats, civil rights activists and even a few Republicans said it was inexcusable of the president not to denounce white supremacy. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate. on both sides!
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"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump told reporters at a news conference at his gold resort in New Jersey where he is now on a working summer vacation.
The violent disruptions occurring in Charlottesville, Va., have "no place in a civil society", no matter which side the violent behaviors come from, Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Saturday.
The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus of the University of Virginia in a display that critics said was reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally. "We are determined to take our country back".
Republican President Donald Trump is facing criticism for not acknowledging that white supremacists were responsible for the violence.
For many Americans, they are outdated symbols of racism and slavery, and have been mobilizing to have them taken down from public places.
The tweets drew some criticism for not specifically blaming the white nationalist hate groups. Duke told reporters that the white nationalists were working to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump". Lets come together as one!
They have also prompted a tweet from the First Lady, Melania Trump, saying violence does not solve anything.