President Donald Trump Puts Blame For Charlottesville "On Many Sides"

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The death toll from rolling violence at a far-right rally in the USA city of Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, has risen to three, according to a local city official.

State police said that two people had also died in a helicopter crash shortly after the vehicle crash.

A 32-year-old woman died when a auto slammed into a crowd in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, after clashes, police said.

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.

The driver was arrested. A video showed some people encouraging fights and others using pepper spray against each other.

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.

McAuliffe said he was "disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours".

Saturday's rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town - a development precipitated by the city's decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.

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"It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property", McAuliffe wrote in a statement on his emergency declaration.

"The visibility of racists really disturbs me, and the openness of the hate is a problem", Mark Goble said. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president, " he told The Associated Press.

"We have to heal the wounds of our country", the president said to conclude his remarks.

"From what I saw, it looked extremely deliberate", Will Mafei, 23, of Charlottesville said.

Saturday's confrontation came after a large group of torch-bearing white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia (UVA) campus Friday night, after a judge issued a ruling allowing Saturday's protest to move forward.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump told reporters at a news conference at his gold resort in New Jersey where he is now on a working summer vacation.

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". We love our country. Since then, the city has been a focus of white nationalists.

First Lady Melania Trump called for people to "communicate (without) hate in our hearts".

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