A senior White House aide is defending President Donald Trump's remarks after a violent clash with white supremacists in Virginia left one person dead. There are reports that both sides sprayed each other with chemical irritants and plastic bottles.
Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town. Clashes broke out between white nationalists toting Confederate and swastika flags, counter-demonstrators, and police, which culminated in a 20-year-old OH man driving a vehicle through a crowd of people, injuring 19 and killing one 32-year-old woman.
Speaking slowly from a podium set up in the golf clubhouse, Trump said that he had just spoken to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va.
Late Saturday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said federal authorities will pursue a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
"There is no place for this kind of violence in America", Trump said, "Lets come together as one!" "Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions", Clinton said, adding "We will not step backward". "It has been going on for a long, long time". The white nationalists claimed "white history" is being erased and they're being "persecuted" for being white.
Trump is calling for "a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".
After completing his statement and the bill signing, Trump then walked out of the room.
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The White House is saying that President Donald Trump "very strongly" condemns individual hate groups such as "white supremacists, KKK and neo-Nazis".
Trump tweeted repeatedly about the incident but caused anger by claiming "many sides" were responsible for the violence. "There are not "many sides" here, just right and wrong". "It is racists and white supremacists".
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But many other Americans wanted their president to be crystal-clear when it comes to white supremacy and what they were witnessing in Charlottesville. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen.
Trump's candidacy excited many white nationalists, who were thrilled to hear Trump mock the Black Lives Matter movement on the campaign trail and declare that "all lives matter".
Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally promised to "take America back", by demonstrating against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a local park. Counter-protesters massed in opposition.
In addition to the auto plowing into the crowd, several other major clashes happened, including the beating of an African-American man by a group wielding large poles. They rallied behind his promises to build a wall on the southern border, reduce the number of foreigners allowed into the country and pressure everyone in the country to speak English and say "Merry Christmas". Bannon has described Breitbart as "the platform for the alt-right".