Last night and into this morning, a group of torch-waving white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Va. to protest the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the city’s Emancipation Park—but things went much farther than that. Marchers wielded confederate flags and Nazi-era slogans, prompting a massive counter-protest against the display of bigotry, and violence quickly erupted.
The march came ahead of a white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally planned for this weekend, which was quickly dismantled around 11 a.m. Saturday after people were injured and a state of emergency was declared. One woman was tragically killed after a car plowed into a group of counter-protestors.
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President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter Saturday afternoon, tweeting “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!”
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
Below, see what celebrities had to say about it.
That sounds reasonable ... oh wait https://t.co/xQYGKcDbXb— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) August 12, 2017
Two of my producers just got sprayed with urine. Lovely. Hard to keep your cool.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) August 12, 2017
Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy. #Charlottesville— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) August 12, 2017
Let's all make an extra effort to spread a message of love and inclusiveness.