Trump Condemns Hatred "On Many Sides" Amid Charlottesville Violence
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - President Trump said he condemned hatred and bigotry on "many sides" in Charlottesville, Virginia, in remarks from New Jersey, his first since white nationalist group protests turned violent and resulted in at least one death on Saturday.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides," Mr. Trump said.
The protests, which originated to speak out against the removal of a statute of confederate general Robert E. Lee, became aggressive and dangerous before the rally was supposed to start at noon, resulting in multiple fights and injuries. A vehicle plowed into multiple pedestrians, resulting in multiple injuries. At least one person has died, Charlottesville's mayor, Mike Signer, announced on Twitter.
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home.— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement obtained by CBS News' Paula Reid that he is "in contact" with Justice Department officials on the scene, and DOJ stands by the president in condemning violence, and any hate and intolerance.
"I have been in contact with our Department of Justice agents assisting at the scene and state officials," Sessions said. "We will continue to support our state and local officers on the ground in any way possible. We stand united behind the president in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance. This kind of violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated. I want to thank all law enforcement personnel in the area for their commitment to protecting this community and the rule of law."
President Trump on Twitter said Americans must unite against hate, although he didn't specifically condemn the white nationalist sentiment or Nazi symbols that appeared in Charlottesville.
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