A vehicle ran into a crowd of counter-protesters, leaving one person dead, after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday. The violence began in Charlottesville leading up to the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday.
“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home,” Signer posted.
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
President Donald Trump addressed the violence at the rally when signing legislation regarding the Veterans Administration in New Jersey. Trump said he condemns the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” He added that law and order must return to Charlottesville and that the situation will be studied to “see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen.”
Trump did not take any questions after signing the legislation.
Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the area on Saturday morning.
“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property,” McAuliffe said in a statement, adding that he is “disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence”
The hate and bigotry witnessed in #Charlottesville does not reflect American values. I wholeheartedly oppose their actions.
Their tiki torches may be fueled by citronella but their ideas are fueled by hate, & have no place in civil society. https://t.co/himqTMBQnH
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 12, 2017
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 12, 2017
The rally was expected to draw up to 6,000 people, according to the Associated Press. It comes after the city of Charlottesville voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.