Trump was speaking just moments after Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said a person had died after a auto plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters. "From the far end of the street it accelerated, slowed down right before the crowd and then slammed on the gas through the crowd sending bodies flying".
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred bigotry and violence on many sides", the president said during a Saturday press conference.
In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters. He also did not call the violence "terrorism". "We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we're proud of our country, we're proud of who we are", Trump said. Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.
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The president said "our country is doing well in so many ways", citing "record employment" and the arrival of new companies, among other things. White nationalists and their opponents promoted the event for weeks.
A few hours after violent encounters between the two groups, a auto drove into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the rally.
The other was a pilot who transferred to the state police aviation unit last month and was one day away from his 41st birthday.
Police reported that eight were injured in those scuffles and one person was arrested.
Trump often has talked casually, even dismissively of violence, once telling supporters at a political rally that he would pay their legal fees if they assaulted protestors at the event. University officials condemned the gathering.
People scattered, running for safety in different directions, he said.
And just as he has so often refused any responsibility for hatred espoused in his name, he made sure to note, looking into the camera, that this kind of violence has been "going on for a long time in country", adding, "Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama". "Lets come together as one", he wrote. But after reports of clashes at an alt-right rally in Charlottesville, he instead began his remarks by addressing the violence. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.
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".
Photos from the Daily Progress show the gray Dodge Challenger with the OH license plate GVF 1111 as it drove into the people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally.