Dead After Car Plows into Protesters in Va.

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The person who died when a auto smashed into the crowd, there were also the pilot and a passenger in a state police helicopter that crashed outside the city, Xinhua quoted Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as saying. He ignored reporters' shouted questions, including whether he wanted the support of white nationals who have said they backed him or if the vehicle crash in Virginia were deemed intentional, would it be declared to be terrorism.

A helicopter crash that killed the pilot and a passenger later in the afternoon outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police, though officials did not elaborate on how the crash was connected. The protests continued into Saturday and turned deadly when a auto plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, has been arrested. A video showed some people encouraging fights and others using pepper spray against each other.

Trump then said, "It's been going on for a long time in our country". A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for an explanation as to what Trump mean by "many sides". He definitely did not seize the opportunity to condemn the blatantly white supremacist groups that appeared in Charlottesville waving Confederate flags and chanting racist slogans. "We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now". He also said "there is no place for this kind of violence in America".

When Trump tweeted earlier on Saturday that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for", white nationalist Richard Spencer replied: "Did Trump just denounce antifa?"

"Clearly President Trump is condemning the real haters: the SJW/Marxists who've attacked our guys", said one commenters on the far-right, pro-Trump subreddit called r/The_Donald. "There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today".

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Fistfights and screaming matches erupted Saturday, barely 12 hours after a scuffle Friday night at the nearby University of Virginia between torch-bearing demonstrators and counterprotesters.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally to protest the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove the confederate statue from a downtown park.

Vice President Mike Pence had also remained quiet until Trump tweeted his message Saturday, at which pointed the vice president appended it with a note urging people to "join together & oppose those seeking to divide us".

Trump was criticized by members of both political parties for not specifying white nationalists in his comments about the violence in Charlottesville. "We have to respect each other, ideally we have to love each other".

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups, said Saturday's "Unite the Right Rally" could mark one of the most significant demonstrations of its kind in decades. Really, really good. God bless him.' - Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website promoting the Charlottesville demonstration on its Summer of Hate edition.

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