GOP Leaders Criticize Trump's Response to Charlottesville Violence

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

In San Francisco, people reacting to the events in Charlottesville gathered in Union Square.

The latter comment came shortly after news broke that one person had been killed and 19 injured when a vehicle plowed into a large crowd of anti-racist protesters. He's identified as a 20-year old white man from Maumee, Ohio.

The car's driver, James Alex Fields Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and other counts. "Our message is plain and simple: Please go home and never come back". The removal is on hold pending litigation but has angered many white supremacists since the council voting. "You are not wanted in this great commonwealth". "Having watched the horrifying video of the auto deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism", the statement said. However, a number reporters and witnesses on the scene said on Twitter that the victim, who was driving a Dodge Charger, has been arrested. A Virginia State police helicopter that was responding to the situation in Charlottesville crashed on Saturday, killing two officers on board.

A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan says the alt-right rally in Virginia was inspired by President Trump.

The declaration effectively reversed a federal court injunction Friday night that rejected the city's earlier attempt to ban the rally at Emancipation Park and require protesters to move to another park. "There is no place for you in America", McAuliffe said.

"Trump did not specifically mention any of the white supremacist groups behind the Unite the Right" rally.

Mentioning that the current unfolding of events in Virginia is not linked to his presidency, Trump said, "It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama". Groups in Santa Ana, downtown Los Angeles, Oakland and other parts of the state said they are appalled by the displays of violence in Virginia and say President Donald Trump has not done enough to denounce it.

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