Trump, Politicians Condemn White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Trump, Politicians Condemn White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

McAuliffe, a Democrat, said numerous people at the rally will "express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent".

Small bands of protesters who showed up to express their opposition to the rally were seen marching around the city peacefully by midafternoon, chanting and waving flags. However, Airbnb has retaliated against users they believe are booking rentals in connection with the rally by not only canceling their rental but also shutting down their account.

In a statement issued prior to Friday night's events, Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that "personnel from Virginia's National Guard were standing by to respond if needed" ahead of Saturday's rally.

Friday's rally took place shortly after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction allowing alt-right activists to hold Saturday's "Unite the Right" event in Emancipation Park around the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. On July 8, about three dozen members of a regional Ku Klux Klan group protested in the city.

In a facebook post, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer condemned the demonstration by white nationalists.

"I don't want to energize the group, and I disavow the group", Trump told a group of Times reporters and columnists during a meeting at the newspaper's headquarters in NY.

"I don't like this talk about "alt-right", that's an unnecessary abstraction". You will not divide us. The blunt-speaking Republican, who vowed to shake up Washington's political culture, has emboldened both sides of the divide, giving rise to more florid rhetoric and a steady wave of protests. "They were over the moon about that", she said. When I think of candlelight, I want to think of prayer vigils.

Some of the white nationalists cited Trump's victory as validation for their beliefs. That (the) creep is happening is undeniable. "Just as they did before, I am urging Virginians to deny them the satisfaction". They're scary. They're highly armed.

In the past few months, white nationalist groups have paid particular attention to Charlottesville, a progressive college town where over 80% of residents voted for Hillary Clinton.

But Kessler has refused, saying it makes no sense to protest the statue's removal at a different park. Kessler is being represented in his case by the Rutherford Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.

Katie Couric, who is in Charlottesville covering the rally for an upcoming National Geographic series, said that protesters attacked her crew with urine. Scheduled speakers, including white nationalist Richard Spencer, were not given police protection in the melee, he added. "We welcome a fight", the website said.

Demonstrators held lit torches - which some observers described as a reference to the Ku Klux Klan - and chanted "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration", local media reported.

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