Illinois Officials React to Violence at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

Virginia football activities canceled because of Charlottesville protests

Trump was later criticized Saturday evening for tweeting about the people who died when a State Police helicopter crashed, but not mentioning the 32-year-old female pedestrian who was killed when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counter protesters. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

There is no room for violence from any group, including Antifa.

"Were closely following the awful events unfolding inCharlottesville, Virginia", President Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course. "It's been going on for a long time in our country". Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president, " he told The Associated Press.

The president said that "what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

"No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society". Duke told reporters that the white nationalists were working to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump".

Trump had not previously spoken about the clashes in Charlottesville on Saturday morning, which came after a Friday night rally by neo-Nazis marching through the historic University of Virginia campus with torches and Nazi garb. At least two people were treated for serious but non-life-threatening emergencies from altercations by 10:30 a.m. Counter-protesters flooded the area to square off with the group of alt-right activists and white supremacists.

According to local media reports, demonstrators shouted and threw bottles at the opposing groups.

He did not mention the fatal auto attack, nor did he acknowledge that a life had been lost. Our message is plain and simple: "Go home", McAuliffe said at a news conference.

Man arrested over vehicle attack in Virginia
Police said only that the crash is under investigation and have not commented on specific aspects of the crash. The vehicle's registration was renewed in Maumee, Ohio in 2016, the report said.

The violence in Charlottesville is the latest clash between far-rightists, some of whom have claimed allegiance to Trump, and the president's opponents since his inauguration in January, when black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests.

"She demanded the FBI open an investigation into the violence".

GOP New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Saturday she was asking her state residents to pray for the victims in Charlottesville and to condemn "the white supremacists responsible for this cowardly attack".

"The hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now". "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and. true affection for each other", he said. When pressed on what exactly the president saw or heard from the counterprotesters that was bigoted or hateful, the spokesman did not respond.

But many other Americans wanted their president to be crystal-clear when it comes to white supremacy and what they were witnessing in Charlottesville. "There are not 'many sides" here, just right and wrong.' - Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Twitter.

Trump ignored questions from a journalist about how he felt about his widespread support from white nationalist groups.

"This vile display of racism is an attack on our democracy and an affront to humanity", he said.

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