MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In a short statement, Trump strongly condemned the racially-charged violence in Charlottesville, saying the events were "display of hatred, bigotry and violence," but refrained from putting the blame on any particular group.
Mr. President — we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) 12 августа 2017 г.
On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists protesting the removal of a monument dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally, dubbed Unite the Right, which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counter-protesters and culminated in the car ramming attack.
In response to the clashes, Governor of the US state of Virginia Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville. At least three people died as a result of the events, McAuliffe said.
A number of senators, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott, have condemned Charlottesville violence as an act of "domestic terrorism."