On Saturday, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was met with protest from those who opposed racist messages. "I urge all people of good will - go home", Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said on Twitter.
"Do you want the support of these white nationalist groups?" "There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today".
At least three people have been killed, two Virginia State police officers felled in a helicopter crash and one demonstrator who died after an unidentified vehicle intentionally rammed into protesters.
In declaring the state of emergency, McAuliffe said the gathering was declared an "unlawful assembly", allowing police to disperse the protesters and clear the park where the rally was to be held.
President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to the troopers' families earlier Saturday.
The statement continued: "The National Action Network calls on President Trump to address the causes of these events, denounce the white supremacists at the very heart of this conflict, and start working towards peace".
"You came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people". "We are stronger than you.There is no place for you in America".
The people gathered in Charlottesville this weekend are white supremacists, driven by hate and intolerance. They say he didn't tweet about the goings on in Charlottesville quickly enough. Jay has flown us across the commonwealth for more than three and a half years. You will not succeed.
Then, last but not least, is what Trump said a few paragraphs after his "on many sides" comment. "When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated".
The University of Virginia Health System confirmed that 20 patients were brought to UVA Medical Center and that 19 were being "assessed and treated" in addition to the single death.
As the first modern president to consider racial segregationists a part of his base, Trump remains reluctant to forcefully speak out against racial hatred, thereby sending another signal that ensures that this latest explosion of racial violence will get much worse, before it gets better. Trump's right that this sort of behavior has existed on American society's fringes for a long time - but what we as a nation, led by our presidents, have always done is call it out for what it is: radical racism that has no place in our world.
Some protesters who came for the "Unite the Right" rally were armed and dressed in military-like clothing, while others wore shirts with Nazi symbols and quotes from Adolf Hitler.