Charlottesville clashes: Trump says 'stop division, we're all Americans first'

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 13, 2017

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones said at the conference that 14 people were treated for injuries, "ranging from life-threatening to mild".

A 32-year-old woman was killed while walking across the street, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said.

Details of the other two deaths were not immediately released.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the cause of the crash had not been determined. "People should clear the area to allow emergency medical personnel to respond", it said in a Facebook post.

Addressing the fatalities that resulted from the day's events, McAuliffe again addressed those who he said "pretend" they are "patriots".

Meantime, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted: "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here". "It was very clearly intentional", Brennan Gilmore told NBC News.

"The auto was travelling at (65km/h), hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn't do anything".

A vehicle plowed into a crowd counter protesters.

The incident occurred after earlier clashes between rally-goers and counter protesters that led Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

Sessions said he had spoken with FBI Director Chris Wray, along with FBI agents on the scene and law enforcement officials from Virginia, the state home to Charlottesville.

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"I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: My message is go home".

And even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch Trump supporter, wrote: "We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville".

His comments were criticised for not specifically denouncing the white supremacists while condemning the "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country.

He kept quiet as David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, declared that the scene in Charlottesville is a "turning point" for a movement that aims to "fulfil the promises of Donald Trump". "This has been going on for a long, long time".

He did not answer questions from reporters after signing the bill, such as a reporter's request for an explanation of what Trump meant by "many sides".

But the reaction was different among Republicans from the South, where a sizable percentage of GOP voters support keeping the sort of Confederate monuments that the white supremacist groups rallied in Charlottesville to protect. "As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, we understand the human devastation discrimination brings, and the urgency of acting now to combat discrimination and hate. It has no place in America".

The White House was silent for hours except for a tweet from first lady Melania Trump: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".

"You're all among the best this nation produces", Trump said in a Twitter message.

The incident involving the auto occurred as people were leaving the area after police deemed the demonstration unlawful; multiple bouts of violence had broken out at the rally between demonstrators and counterprotesters.

Earlier, police evacuated a downtown park as rally-goers and counterprotesters traded blows and hurled bottles and chemical irritants at one another, putting an end to the noon rally before it officially began.

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