One person is reported dead amid violent protests in Charlottesville. Virginia State Police are on the scene of a car crash involving a crowd of protestors near a downtown mall in Charlottesville.
The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, says he's "heartbroken that a life has been lost" on Twitter.
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home.— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
The crash happened amid violent clashes during a white nationalist protest and rally in Emancipation Park. Violence erupted as groups waving Confederate flags, neo-Nazis and members of the so-called alt-right movement began trading punches and throwing bottles at counter-protestors.
Speaking at his golf resort in New Jersey, President Trump condemned the attacks and called it an egregious display of hatred and violence "on many sides." He noted that it has been going on for a "long, long time." Trump called for a "swift restoration of law and order."
The President said Americans "must love each other, respect each other and cherish" the nation's history. He noted that it is time to "heal the wounds" of the U.S. Trump is vacationing at his golf resort in Bedminster. He made his comments before signing a bill aimed at helping veterans. Trump did not answer questions from reporters at the signing ceremony.
Earlier, Trump weighed in on Twitter on today's violence in Charlottesville.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Other Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and First Lady Melania Trump also took to Twitter condemning today's violence.
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to help restore order in Emancipation Park, the site of violent protests over the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
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