Illinois Officials React to Violence at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

Illinois Officials React to Violence at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

Illinois Officials React to Violence at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

The DSA, the largest socialist group in the nation, shared the fundraiser on its Facebook page following the violent clash between white nationalist protesters and "anti-fascist" counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Police said they had the driver of the vehicle in custody, identifying him later Saturday as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio.

The fighting broke out in the city's downtown when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

A silver Dodge Charger plowed into a crowd of people and other cars, killing one and injuring more than a dozen people.

The driver was later arrested, authorities said.

State police tweeted that some in the crowd were using pepper spray. "That's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he will take our country back and that's what we have to do".

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This extraordinarily neutral language spreads blame for division and unrest to all sides.

The violence broke out ahead of the "Unite the Right" rally by white supremacists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee from a park in the college town of Charlottesville, 256 kilometres from Virginia.

McAuliffe had earlier declared a state of emergency on Saturday morning "to aid state response to violence" at the Charlottesville rally.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives, said in a tweet directed at the president: "Repeat after me, @realDonaldTrump: white supremacy is an affront to American values".

Very soon after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, Trump tweeted that he was "right on radical Islamic terrorism".

The violent disruptions occurring in Charlottesville, Va., have "no place in a civil society", no matter which side the violent behaviors come from, Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Saturday.

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The demonstration, he said, is "to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump".

At a press conference in the wake of the automobile attack and clashes between radical right demonstrators and counter-protestors, Trump declared (full text here): "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides". Since then, the city has been a focus of white nationalists.

"Late Friday night, several hundred torch-bearing men and women marched on the main quadrangle of the University of Virginia's grounds, shouting, 'You will not replace us, ' and 'Jew will not replace us.' They walked around the Rotunda, the university's signature building, and to a statue of Thomas Jefferson, where a group of counterprotesters were gathered, and a brawl ensued. And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country". Lets come together as one!

The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign previous year.

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