Dead During Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally

Robert E. Lee Statue

Robert E. Lee Statue

White supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, spurring a wave of violence that left 19 injured and at least one dead after a auto plowed into anti-racist counter-protesters.

Police in Charlottesville said they had arrested James Alex Fields over the death of a 32-year-old woman who was demonstrating against white nationalists who were protesting plans to remove the statue of a Confederate general on Saturday.

Police and security forces were deployed in riot gears following the clashes.

"The hate and the division must stop right now", he said.

Asked for clarification, a White House official later said: "The President was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides".

"It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property", McAuliffe wrote in a statement on his emergency declaration.

"Go home. You came here today to hurt people", McAuliffe said.

"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do", he said in an interview.

Speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, President Donald Trump spoke about the violence at a previously scheduled press conference about veterans' healthcare and said we have to "heal the wounds of our country".

"No matter our color, creed, religion, our political party, we are all Americans first", he said, adding that he'd like for his administration to "study" why such violence is occurring.

"There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"

Ryan tweeted that the views expressed in the city were "repugnant" and "vile bigotry".

He was joined by several lawmakers in condemning the violence. The disgusting and vile acts taking place in Charlottesville have absolutely no place in our society and must be stopped. "I join all who are taking a stand to show that these are not the values our country represents, and I believe that peace, unity, and truth will prevail".

By virtue of his words, policies and embrace of "alt-right" supporters, many said Trump couldn't provide the moral leadership needed in times of racial strife. "It is racists and white supremacists", he said.

Among those expected to attend the rally are Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

When more information is known about the driver and if this is from that arrest, this story will be updated.