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.
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.