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President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to urge unity among Americans after violence broke out at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America,” Trump wrote. “Lets come together as one!”
A later tweet used typically Trumpian language to describe the turn of events in the Virginia city, which prompted the state’s governor to declare a state of emergency: “Charlottesville sad!”
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
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan likewise condemned the violence as well as the “vile bigotry” that fueled it. So-called “alt-right” protesters shouted anti-LGBT slurs, Nazi slogans and racist chants and clashed with both counter-protesters and law enforcement.
“The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry,” Ryan wrote.
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
Following clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday, Virginia governor Terry McCauliffe declared a state of emergency.
Police also demanded that hundreds of people vacate Emancipation Park, where a rally was scheduled to take place at noon.
“I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours,” McAuliffe said, placing the blame on “mostly out-of-state protesters.”
Groups of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and were met by counter-protesters, leading to violence that began Friday night and continued into Saturday.
Following news of the violence Saturday morning, a number of celebrities weighed in, with actor Seth Rogen bluntly declaring, “By the way, f— these nazi motherf—ers,” adding the hashtag, “#Charlottesville.”