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Charlottesville, Virginia, became the center of news in the U.S. on Saturday as “Unite the Right” rally goers clashed with counterprotesters.

However, even with police officers doing riot control, things got out of hand in a horrible way. There were fights between “Unite the Right” and counterprotesters. Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard.

But tensions escalated much further. A vehicle plowed into a street of activists who were marching against “Unite the Right.” As of this post, one person has died.

The chaos caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who is working out of his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, as the White House undergoes renovations.

Trump tweeted:

The president decided to address the issue directly in a live statement:

"What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order. And the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play and be with their parents and have a good time.

I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and we agreed that the hate and division must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other."

Trump highlighted all the good going on in America and then thanked law enforcement for their efforts in Charlottesville: “I want to salute the great work of the state and local police in Virginia, incredible people, law enforcement, incredible people. And also the National Guard, they've really been working smart and working hard, they're doing a terrific job.”

The president continued: “Above all else, we must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag.”

“We are proud of our country. We are proud of who we are. So we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we are doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen,” Trump said.

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IntegrityImportant(3 likes)This was a nice statement yet the alt left once again criticized it because it didn't go far enough. Far enough for what? For whom? There is no way in he!! POTUS will ever please a certain element. It will not matter what he says or does he will get pushback and he knows it. All he can do is what he thinks is right at the time and let the naysayer glass half empty folks have at it. Antifar needs to take their share of public shaming for their role in this violence but it won't happen. Oh a few have mentioned it but the bulk of attention is on the white supremists. No one has to support them to support fair is fair. The Antifar goons are paid for disrupters who actually train to know how to maximize their presence. They're paid thugs and most probably don't even support the "cause" they're sent to disrupt.
Ilse Dujmovic(2 likes)No matter what Race, color or Religion, we are all Americans. This is true but after 8 years of hearing the opposite and apologizing for all the good America has done in the world, it will take some time before we all are proud again. As long as we have those that are capable of paying and training the vile haters we will not unite. Those individuals love these conflicts. And if we had a FBI as we once did that person or Persons would be arrested and prosecuted for inciting this kind of violence. When will someone make it their full time job to get that person or persons? Also the police needs to go after the mayor of the cities. The "UNITE THE RIGHT" had permits and the counter demonstrators just showed up. It is the MAYORS responibility to nip this in the bud and arrest those without permit, left or right, no matter.