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YARMUTH: Statement on White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Violence in Charlottesville

13 August 2017, 10:33 | Max Haynes

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"The NAACP will always stand against hate and any persons who threaten the moral right of our community", said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP.

A man from OH was held by police on charges relating to the vehicle incident, including second-degree murder, said Martin Kumer, Albemarle Charlottesville's regional jail superintendent. Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

White nationalists are clashing with police and counter-protesters at a demonstration Saturday in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park. "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home". Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held without bail on murder and other charges related to the hit-and-run, officials said.

Trump said he and McAuliffe spoke on the phone and agreed that the "hate and division must stop and must stop right now".

The Take 'Em Down Jax group called for an emergency rally Saturday night at the Jacksonville Landing to show solidarity with counterprotestors caught up in the violence in Virginia.

And just as he has so often refused any responsibility for hatred espoused in his name, he made sure to note, looking into the camera, that this kind of violence has been "going on for a long time in country", adding, "Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".

"We've seen him condemn violence involving people of color and involving Muslims, but somehow, when white nationalists, or alt right or outright racists are involved", he tries to sidestep direct criticism, Gallego said.

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Charlottesville was the site of a violent clash Saturday between thousands of white nationalists and counter protesters.

Several members of Congress urged the president to refer to violence in central Virginia with stronger language after the commander in chief decried the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.

"It's definitely something that changes you, I think, to witness in person, so everyone is very shaken up by what happened", Dietrich said.

Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which track extremist groups, said the event has the potential to be the largest of its kind in at least a decade.

GettyRescue workers move victims on stretchers after vehicle plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On the other hand, President Trump has been criticized for not calling out the racism happening in America right now.

Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a liberal-leaning city that's home to the flagship University of Virginia and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. They're now called Emancipation Park and Justice Park, respectively.

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