YARMUTH: Statement on White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville

Some were seen holding shields as skirmishes took place

During the 2016 election, Trump was endorsed by David Duke, the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who also attended Saturday's rally.

Soon after the melee erupted, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city, home of the University of Virginia's flagship campus.

Cable news commentary, Twitter and the inboxes of White House spokesmen quickly filled with this question: Where is the President?

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Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper denounced the violence and said hatred had no place in society. Our diversity, that mosaic tile of immigrants is what makes us so special, and we will not let anybody come here and destroy it.

Saturday afternoon a auto plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the white supremacists, killing one person and hurting more than a dozen others. Many Democrats, and a few Republicans, criticized him for failing to single out the white nationalists who organized the rally.

On Twitter, Rubio wrote that it was, "Very important for the nation to hear describe events in Charlottesville for what they are: a terror attack by #whitesupremacists".

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-AZ, on CNN said Trump's "alt-right' advisors, including Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, have hurt the president's ability to lead on matters of race".

Trump stepped to the podium at his New Jersey golf resort and read a statement on the clashes, pinning the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". He then added for emphasis: "On many sides".

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Donald Trump has condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence" in the USA city of Charlottesville after violence erupted at a far-right rally. "There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today".

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

"It is racists and white supremacists". He didn't detail what acts or words he considers to be hateful or bigoted. Police broke up the fights and sent protestors away.

"Both sides are hoping for a confrontation", he said. He was vague enough that his statement could be interpreted in a number of different ways.

They were met by anti-fascist protesters, with the two groups repeatedly clashing in street brawls that have seen chemicals sprayed and projectiles thrown.

"The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

It comes after thousands of white supremacists arrived in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" march called by right-wing blogger Jason Kessler.

Some Republicans took a similar approach.

"@POTUS needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy. Unless you're Native American, the first ships that came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, and since that time, many people have come to our great country to unite us.

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