The White House and Trump associates, meanwhile, pushed back Sunday after critics, including prominent Republicans, condemned the president for not singling out white supremacists by name when he said that "many sides" were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville. "In fact, white nationalism and white supremacism are anathema to the teachings of Christ, who called us to love and to serve our neighbor, regardless of skin color, gender or religion, to give up our life for our friends and to even love our enemies". On ABC, McMaster described the auto attack on counter-protesters as "terrorism".
The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, said that his only message for the white supremacists who had come to Charlottesville was "Go home". "Lets come together as one!" "But what this is, what you see here, is you see someone who is a criminal, who is committing a criminal act against fellow Americans".
Cory Gardner said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Donald Trump needed to make a forceful statement against white supremacy.
"We figured this was a day we should all be together", said a man who introduced himself as Drew Williams and attended the service with his fiancee.
Bossert's claim that condemning white supremacy groups in those terms would "dignify" them rang hollow in light of Trump's fixation on using one particular term for a different kind of violence.
A total of 34 people have been injured in clashes between the right-wing protesters and counter-protesters, including the vehicle attack.
Several hundred counter-demonstrators were marching through the university town for a second day in opposition to a crowd of some 6,000 people attending a right-wing rally when the auto struck. The driver was later taken into custody.
As many as 6,000 protesters, including supporters of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), descended on the university town of Charlottesville on Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.
Clinton tweeted, "The incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets".
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group based in Montgomery, Alabama, sent a blast fund-raising email calling Trump's comments about unity "hollow". He didn't attack us ... Nothing specific against us.
Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat, said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign previous year.
Virginia police have not yet provided a motive for a man plowing a auto into a crowd of people objecting to the white nationalists, but US attorneys and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened a civil rights investigation into the crash, an FBI field office said.
Trump, as a candidate, frequently came under scrutiny for being slow to offer his condemnation of white supremacists. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, once declared that his former news site, Breitbart, was "the platform for the alt-right".