The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville (VA) went from bad to being absolutely tragic! On Saturday, a car plowed into a group of protesters, killing one person and leaving up to 19 injured.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer conveyed his grief publicly in a tweet:
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
[Source: Twitter/Mike Signer]
Below is footage of the incident:
Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home. pic.twitter.com/MUOZs71Pf4
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) August 12, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Brennan Gilmore]
As of right now, according to Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, the monster who was driving the car is now in custody, but authorities have released no details on his name.
This all occurred during the very violent gathering of white-supremacist groups. The likes of neo-Nazi organizations, racist-skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions were among the groups.
The protests were so violent that “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.”
“This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do,” Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler stated during an interview.
President Donald Trump came out and spoke on the protests, calling it an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” and wants a “a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.”
First Lady Melania Trump also commented on the incident.
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Melania Trump]
Vice President Pence also didn’t remain quiet about the protests.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 12, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Vice President Pence]
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also expressed his views:
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Let’s hope all the violence in Charlottesville can come to end very soon.