State Of Emergency Declared In Virginia Amid Violent White Nationalist Rally

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

Hours after violence between counter-protesters and white nationalists ensued, President Donald Trump released an official statement on Twitter, writing: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". - The head of the US bishops conference called for prayers after one person was killed and over a dozen injured during a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years publicly questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship. "It's been going on for a long, long time", he said.

"The NAACP will always stand against hate and any persons who threaten the moral right of our community", said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP.

Trump made his remarks at a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, which had been scheduled for him to sign The Veterans Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, "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".

"Someone died today. We were up there today with other people and that was someone that was on our side with us helping us, and they died", said Al Shiflett, who attended the rally in west Baltimore. Trump gave high praises to the State and Local Police of Virginia along with the National Guard & Federal Authorities saying they've been "working smart and working hard". "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives", he tweeted, with the hashtag #Charlottesville. Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.

"We were driving down", Shae said.

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Mr Trump said: "We want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen".

Republicans and African-American leaders both condemned Trump's failure to directly blame the white supremacists in Charlottesville. "Let's come together as one!" Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

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

During last year's campaign, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sought to make Trump's support by white nationalists a liability.

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 previous year.

After entering the crowd, the auto reversed back down the street, revealing severe front-end damage and a smashed windshield.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told white supremacists and neo-Nazis who came to Charlottesville for the planned rally: "Our message is plain and simple".

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