Trump Condemns 'Hatred, Bigotry and Violence on Many Sides' in Charlottesville
  [Saturday, August 12, 2017 1:08:00 PM]
CNN
President Trump condemned the "egregious," racially charged clashes in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday at a press conference in New Jersey just moments after it was confirmed one had died in the clashes.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said at a press conference that was meant to highlight accomplishments by the Department of Veterans' Affairs during his administrations.

"It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time," he continued.

Trump, who did not call out specific groups, was referring to the violent clashes between far-right groups and counter-protesters, prompting Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency. Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators to disperse as they marched onto the scene Saturday.

White nationalist, white supremacist and alt-right groups were initially scheduled to gather in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park Saturday to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate statue there.

But as clashes broke out ahead of the so-called "Unite the Right" rally Saturday morning, police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.

At least one person has died in the clashes.

The president first condemned the event on Twitter hours after the violence ensued.

“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!”

Sources: (
CNN, The Hill, CBS News
)
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• For those who were injured during the clashes
• For the family of the person who died
• For Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as he deals with the state of emergency
• For President Trump as he endeavors to end hatred in America
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