President Trump publicly denounced a deadly eruption of violence at a Virginia rally of white nationalists Saturday, declaring that the "hatred and division must stop".
"It's sad what's going on in Charlottesville".
Protesters gathered in Oakland Saturday night to hear speakers and then marched peacefully downtown, chanting and waving signs and banners. After the "Unite the Right" rally descended into violence and was subsequently dispersed, a auto plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing at least one person and injuring at least 19 others.
Along with a second-degree murder charge, Mr Fields faces three counts of malicious wounding and one count of leaving the scene.
One woman was killed and at least 19 were injured Saturday when a vehicle crashed into a crowd of peaceful protesters leaving a "Unite the Right" rally that officials declared an "unlawful assembly". But my message is clear: "We are stronger than you".
"Go home.You are not wanted in this great commonwealth".
Responding to a tweet in which Trump called on citizens to 'condemn all that hate stands for, ' Duke blasted back: 'So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?'
"He ran this campaign on white supremacy and xenophobic nationalism so of course these people will be running through the streets hitting protesters over the head with bats and ramming cars into them because they have been emboldened by this president".
In the statement, Trump refused to single out the white supremacists who organized the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, a town that became a target after removing a statue of Robert E. Lee. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.
The incident took place when "a gray auto accelerating into crowds on a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying - and then reversing at high speed, hitting yet more people", The Washington Post reported. No one on the ground was injured.
The remarks drew criticism from some GOP lawmakers as generic and insufficient to the moment, and took exception to the president's use of a kind of equivalence in condemning the violence.