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Trump calls for unity as far-right rally erupts in violence

13 August 2017

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Trump's comments came at an event where he signed the Veterans Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which provides funding to extend a program that allows veterans to seek care at private medical offices instead of just at Veterans Administration facilities. "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives", he tweeted, with the hashtag #Charlottesville.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for a "pro-white" rally to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Witnesses said it appeared the vehicle intentionally struck the counter-protesters.

A few hours after violent encounters between the two groups, a vehicle drove into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the rally. No one on the ground was injured, and officials are still investigating the cause of the crash. It's been going on for a long time in our country.

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"Donald Trump has no credibility to serve as a calming influence on matters of racial unrest", said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department under Barack Obama.

Samantha Bloom, of OH, confirmed details about her son's auto and his trip to Virginia, saying she received a text from him last week that said he'd gotten some time off from work and was going to a rally.

Many credit Spencer with popularizing the term "alt-right" as he garnered national media attention after being heard shouting "Hail Trump!" at a white nationalist convention in Washington, D.C., and later, being punched in the face on Inauguration Day while giving an interview.

"I'm not going to make any bones about it".

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"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here", said Singer on Twitter. "American values have nothing to do with white supremacy and hate, and Maryland will continue to stand in strong opposition to those who use it for personal or political gain".

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan on Saturday condemned that demonstration, saying in a statement that "the intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protesters was wrong".

"There is no place for you here, there is no place for you in America", he continued. "Lets come together as one!"

"House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., took to Twitter to denounce the scene". "The views fuelling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant".

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The president said that while hatred and violence erupt in Virginia there are "so many incredibly great things happening in our country", such as economic growth.

Trump calls for unity as far-right rally erupts in violence