Republican lawmakers encourage Trump to specifically call out white nationalists

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In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters. He blamed "many sides" for the violence.

President Donald Trump is tweeting about the violence that has erupted amid a white supremacist march in Virginia.

Initially it appeared as though police were not getting involved but the the Virginia State Police have since posted pictures of heavily armed officers carrying out arrests.

At least 35 people had been treated for injuries, ranging from life-threatening to minor, Thomas said. "These are wounds that have been going on for really a long time", he concluded.

"Do you want the support of these white nationalists groups who say they support you, Mr. President?" one reporter shouted.

"The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides", a White House official said.

Trump said he spoke to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe - a Democrat and longtime Clinton ally - on the telephone, "and we agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

Bennet echoed his upper chamber colleague, saying that the events that unfolded in Virginia are contrary to everything we stand for as a country. He then wrote "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

First Lady, Melania Trump also responded to the clash.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.

Charlottesville has become a flash point for both white nationalists and protesters seeking to counter them following a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park.

"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence".

The city tried to move the rally to a larger park away from the downtown area, but a federal judge ruled the rally could remain at Emancipation Park.

The rally was part of a long debate in the US South over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the rebel side in the Civil War, which was fought over the issue of slavery.

Trump did not take questions following his remarks.

People threw punches, hurled water bottles and used pepper spray during the violence as riot police were deployed to try to disperse the crowds.