As white surpemacists clashed with counterprotesters Saturday morning in Charlottesville Va., government officials from around the country condemned the violence and called for an end to the rally.
Later in the afternoon, a car plowed into a group of people protesting the white supremacist rally.
The reaction came from both sides of the aisle, with many condemning not just the violence but the views of the white nationalists, who objected to the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
President Trump tweeted about the violence Saturday afternoon amid calls for him to weigh in.
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
Here's a look at some of the statements in response to the Charlottesville violence.
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
"White supremacy" crap is worst kind of racism-it's EVIL and perversion of God's truth to ever think our Creator values some above others.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 12, 2017
Below is the Governor's statement regarding the emergency declaration he authorized this morning: pic.twitter.com/yS1E9mispG— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) August 12, 2017
Racism, bigotry & hate are wrong - in Charlottesville & anywhere else in this country. We should be a better people than that.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 12, 2017
Too many have fought too hard to bury hatred & intolerance in our past to allow it to resurrect in #Charlottesville. Disgusting & dangerous.— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) August 12, 2017
We have a responsibility to take a stand against white supremacists trying to intimidate with racism and hate https://t.co/HPS9AFf2Hr— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) 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
My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017
But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017
Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017
Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017