It was a grim day in Charlottesville, VA, as violence erupted and ends in tragedy this Saturday. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members staged what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back”. Counter-protesters of the event were plowed into by a man driving a silver vehicle, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.
Trump weighed in on the event but walked away from the podium without denouncing white supremacy or stating that this was an act of domestic terrorism.
Hours later, two state police officers died in a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Officials stated that the event was unrelated to the car terror attack, and the helicopter wasn’t shot down or otherwise attacked.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who had previously been forced to declare a state of emergency, said at a news conference Saturdy evening he “[had] a message for all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.”