Hillary Clinton denounces white supremacists in Charlottesville

Hillary Clinton denounces white supremacists in Charlottesville

The clash unfolded ahead of the planned start of a "Unite the Right" rally that was expected to draw thousands of people who are angry at the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.

The auto attack occurred around 1:00 pm, soon after McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city for the clashes between participants in the march and those opposed to it.

A vehicle driven by a suspected white nationalist plowed into a crowd in what many people believe was a deliberate act of terrorism against the counter demonstration. Our message is plain and simple: "go home", Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told a news conference.

Among the questions he ignored Saturday was, "Do you want the support of these white nationalists?"

The clashes highlight how the white supremacist movement has resurfaced under the "alt-right" banner after years in the shadows of mainstream American politics.

But Democrats as well as some Republicans were quick to call out Trump's language and apparent failure to single out white nationalists, who had organized Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally.

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Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town. You have made our commonwealth stronger.

A auto plowed into a group of the counterprotesters Saturday, killing a 32-year-old woman and leaving 19 others hurt. Earlier, a video taken from a nearby golf course showed black smoke rising from the area. He's identified as a 20-year old white man from Maumee, Ohio.

And Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted: "We should call evil by its name".

The president's reluctance to condemn white supremacists also stood in stark contrast by his insistence of calling out "radical Islamic terrorism" by name.

"No matter our color, creed, religion, our political party, we are all Americans first", he said, adding that he'd like for his administration to "study" why such violence is occurring. "We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we're proud of our country, we're proud of who we are", Trump said. Who thought that was a good thing to say in the same speech in which Trump, theoretically, was trying to reassure people that what we all saw in Charlottesville is not, fundamentally, who we are? No action on the move has been taken yet, Mayor Mike Signer said.

The confrontation was a stark reminder of the growing political polarisation that has intensified since Trump's election past year. My message is clear: we are stronger than you. Nineteen others were injured in the crash.

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