Charlottesville Rally: Violent Clashes Between White Nationalists And Their Opponents Leaves Three Dead

Terry McAuliffe will visit two

Charlottesville churches and speak to congregants following violent clashes in the city between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters that left three dead.

White nationalists had assembled in

Charlottesville to protest against the city's plan to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

On the Democrat side, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY said "of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for".

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC News that the president was "very clear" in his statement and "called out anyone, anyone who is responsible for fomenting this kind of bigotry,

hatred, racism and violence".

"Listen to that: 'Cherish our nation's history, ' in the context of

Charlottesville", said Republican commentator Roger Traynham, who was an advisor to former President George W. Bush. He later added that the situation in

Charlottesville was "sad!"

The president said "what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

Under that siege of

criticism, the White House issued a clarifying statement on Sunday that said the president "condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and

hatred", including "white supremacists, K.K.K. neo-Nazi and all extremist groups". The chaos has reverberated to the White House and Silicon Valley. "I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president", he said.

"Racism is evil", Trump said. "Lets come together as one!" The White House later added that the condemnation "includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups". He had gone there to witness and deplore the

white nationalist rally on Saturday that spiraled into bloodshed.

"These groups seem to believe they have a friend in Donald Trump in the White House, and I would urge the president to dissuade that", Graham said.

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The president did not answer questions from reporters about whether he rejected the support of

white nationalists or whether he believed the vehicle crash was an example of domestic terrorism. "We can not tolerate this kind of bigotry, this kind of

hatred", he said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "It meets the definition of terrorism". The driver of the vehicle that plowed into counter-protesters appears to have associated himself with a right-wing group that believes LGBT people are "sexual deviants".

The city government identified the driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrians as James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old OH resident, and said he's been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one of a hit-and-run. Saturday's clashes between

white nationalists and counter-protesters have grown so violent the governor has declared a state of emergency and police have ordered people to disperse.

A group of at least 100

white nationalists carried torches in

Charlottesville while protesting the removal of the Lee statue, provoking anger and frustration from politicians, and an outcry on social media from those who viewed the display as an attempt to intimidate minorities. You are not wanted in this great Commonwealth.

Trump, who has been at his New Jersey golf club on a working vacation, was set to make a one-day return to Washington on Monday to sign an executive action on China's trade practices.

Beckoning to

criticism for failing to denounce white supremacists or label the

Charlottesville vehicle ramming as an act of terrorism, two days after the incident Trump made a strong statement against groups he believed were responsible for Saturday's bloodshed.

Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing the president for not specifically calling out

white nationalists. Sen. The man was standing alongside other white supremacists rally participants, holding a round black-and-white shield with a logo similar to one used by a right-wing group called Vanguard America.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, among the losers to Trump for the Republican nomination for president, tweeted that it was "Very important for the nation to hear Potus describe events in

Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists".

"His failure to address what really happened in

Charlottesville, and the role of white supremacists, I think also sends a message that he is not recognizing the real causes of crises even within our own country", Panetta said.

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