Another 16 people were treated for other injuries linked to the rally, including from "individual engagements", Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said.
"What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives", the president said, adding he condemns "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides". "Both unacceptable and diabolical, racism must be confronted by God fearing people", Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference said in a statement released to the press.
"It's been going on for a long time in our country".
Caught largely unaware of the antagonists willingness to bring violence to the disputed park in the centre of town, police in full riot gear took several hours before they could place themselves between the combatants.
"We condemn the intolerance behind it and those who would pass it off as a legitimate political movement", he said. Marco Rubio, a competitor for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
And Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted: "We should call evil by its name".
Authorities and reporters alike reported that some white nationalists were openly pistols and, in one unconfirmed case, an assault rifle. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican.
Mr Trump put out a tweet condemning "violence" and "hate" - although he did not specify that he was talking about the white supremacists, attracting criticism on Twitter.
Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback mega-church pastor Rick Warren, tweeted: "This is NOT the way of the cross or the savior who died on it. There is no place for alt-right ideologies in our churches or in our country".
His campaign was defined by his direct attacks. "Replaced as the only life that matters", he said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also condemned the violence, saying it "is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated". There was no indication of foul play.
Trump's fellow Republican politicians also slammed the President.
Democrats and some Republicans called on him to specifically denounce white supremacy and racially motivated hate by name. President Donald Trump has created a context in which white supremacists feel emboldened in their views and have no shame in admitting them publicly and vocally.
As the day's event's turned violent, with clashes between antifa and white nationalists and a car attack on a crowd leaving one dead and a score injured, Duke and other rally participants turned sharply critical of Trump. What happened Saturday in Virginia is the bitter and inevitable fruit of our habit of intellectual dishonesty where race is concerned.
The driver has been taken into custody, according to Virginia state officials. "The heirs of that revolution fought a Civil War to save our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to that revolutionary proposition".
Many city leaders and residents have expressed concern about the prospect of violence at Saturday's event.
"@POTUS needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy. "There are so many great things happening in our country, so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it is very, very sad".
Trump spoke out after a driver plowed into a crowd of people rallying against the white nationalists - killing one and injuring 19 others.
White nationalism has a long history. "Shame on you", he said.