A gathering of hundreds of white supremicists in Virginia took a deadly turn when a auto ploughed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person in a flare up of violence.
"We need to make certain that this is the kind of thing that we don't tolerate or abide by, and I think most people, most Americans who are watching what is taking place in Charlottesville today, are probably appalled by what is taking place there today, just as they are concerned about what is taking place in North Korea", said Blackburn.
Law enforcement officers say that 19 people were injured in horrifying incident while one person has passed away due to injuries sustained from being hit by the auto. The driver was subsequently arrested, and the incident is now being treated as a "criminal homicide".
"It has been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".
Some folks from the East Bay city hope extremists on both sides of the political spectrum end the rhetoric that has ignited recent violence.
Officials had approved the protest march in downtown Charlottesville but cancelled the event and declared a state of emergency after outbreaks of violence.
"The visibility of racists really disturbs me, and the openness of the hate is a problem", Mark Goble said.
At a time when such ugliness took place in the hometown of founding father Thomas Jefferson, Trump had a golden opportunity to condemn the violence and speak out against the white supremacists and white nationalists, many of whom supported him in the election against Hillary Clinton.
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Earlier in the afternoon, Trump issued a pair of tweets which also appeared to address the situation.
"We are in a very risky place right now", he said.
Flowers and other mementos are left at a makeshift memorial for the victims after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the day in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said Saturday at his country club in Bedminster, N.J.
Videos and interviews from the scene of Saturday's violent auto crash into Charlottesville protesters painted a chaotic picture of the moments after the incident.
The turbulence began Friday night, when the white nationalists carried torches though the university campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration.
Following Trump's comment, several Republicans pushed for a more explicit denunciation of white supremacists. Duke told reporters that the white nationalists were working to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump". When pressed on what exactly the president saw or heard from the counterprotesters that was bigoted or hateful, the spokesman did not respond.
The White House was silent for hours except for a tweet from first lady Melania Trump: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".
Vice President Mike Pence had also remained quiet until Trump tweeted his message Saturday, at which pointed the vice president appended it with a note urging people to "join together & oppose those seeking to divide us".