As white surpemacists clashed with counterprotesters Saturday morning in Charlottesville Va., government officials from around the country condemned the violence and called for an end to the rally.
Later in the afternoon, a car plowed into a group of people protesting the white supremacist rally.
The reaction came from both sides of the aisle, with many condemning not just the violence but the views of the white nationalists, who objected to the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
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
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
Racism, bigotry & hate are wrong - in Charlottesville & anywhere else in this country. We should be a better people than that.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 12, 2017
Too many have fought too hard to bury hatred & intolerance in our past to allow it to resurrect in #Charlottesville. Disgusting & dangerous.— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) August 12, 2017
We have a responsibility to take a stand against white supremacists trying to intimidate with racism and hate https://t.co/HPS9AFf2Hr— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) August 12, 2017