Far-right groups and counter-protesters confronted each other on the streets of Charlottesville. As a result of the violence that ensued, the Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency this Saturday.
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
Tensions were high in Charlottesville ahead of the protest. Men holding bats and clubs and wearing helmets clashed with one another in the streets, with police doing little to break up the violence according to The Washington Post.
Although the state National Guard was on standby, they weren’t near where the conflict broke out.
It’s believed that the protest on the campus of the University of Virginia on Friday is connected to Saturday’s event. One person was arrested on the event.
Both parties condemned the Saturday’s protest. House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted about the demonstration, saying the views fueling the spectacle were “repugnant.”
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel also took it to Twitter to condemn the demonstration calling it “dangerous and cowardly.”
The hate & bigotry on display in #charlottesville is dangerous & cowardly.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 12, 2017
Another Democrat, Rep. Steve Cohen called Trump on Twitter to break his silence about the incident.
Charlottesville alt.right gathering is reminiscent of 1930's Germany and the President needs to condemn it.Make America great; Speak out !
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) August 12, 2017
Freedom of speech may give them the right to do this but it also can unite us in order to speak out against it.