CHARLOTTESVILLE | Troopers killed in helicopter identified

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Our message is plain and simple: Go home. This is a time to say: We stand together against what we saw in Charlottesville today.

Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

University President Teresa A. Sullivan, "strongly condemned the demonstration", the statement said, adding that the "intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protesters was wrong". He first addressed the matter - through a tweet - on Saturday afternoon, after a planned white-supremacist rally had been dispersed, fights had broken out, and a state of emergency declared.

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.

"There is no place for you here, there is no place for you in America", he continued.

Witnesses say a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people who were protesting the rally, which was held by white nationalists who oppose the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee by the city of Charlottesville. And you did hurt people.

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Scott Jennings, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, said Trump's speech was not his "best effort", and faulted the President for "failure to acknowledge the racism, failure to acknowledge the white supremacy, failure to acknowledge the people who are marching around with Nazi flags on American soil".

Later on Saturday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement on the opening of a federal investigation into today's incident in Charlottesville, Va. You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. "On many sides", Trump said.

Among those expected to attend the rally are Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

Should Trump have included a denunciation of leftist hatred, bigotry, and violence?

During his remarks from a podium set up in a New Jersey golf clubhouse, Trump told the nation he had spoken with the governor of Virginia and, "We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

Sen. Christopher Murphy said violence in Charlottesville "should be a call to action for every American who has grown complacent under the assumption that our nation's moral arc naturally bends toward inclusion and tolerance". Kessler organized the Saturday rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.

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