A chorus of figures from across the political spectrum expressed outrage with a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday where clashes between white supremacists and counter-protest groups forced the city to declare a state of emergency and one person died after a vehicle plowed into a group of pedestrians.
In a brief appearance, US President Donald Trump condemned the violence and "hate" in the city.
Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign a year ago.
The Republican president is in the midst of a 17-day working vacation in Bedminster. "You're all among the best this nation produces", Trump tweeted. "People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community".
In addition to the one death and 19 injuries in the car-ramming incident, the city said there were at least 15 other injuries associated with the scheduled rally.
Just over an hour later, during televised remarks about a bill signing that had already been on his daily schedule, Trump addressed the intensifying situation in Charlottesville, which had been steadily covered on cable news outlets throughout the day.
But he did not specifically address the vehicular attack.
Saturday's rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town - a development precipitated by the city's decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past. Mimi Arbeit, an organizer of the counter-protests, however, rejected Kessler's claim that the rally was about freedom of speech.
"We condemn in the strongest most possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".
First lady Melania Trump tweeted "let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".
"It was an intentional terrorist attack, " he concluded.
"We should call evil by its name", tweeted Utah Sen. Just days ago, Gorka made statements dismissive of the threat of white supremacist violence, which has killed more Americans since 9/11 than Islamic terrorism.
Chuck Schumer, the Democrats' leader in the Senate, echoed that sentiment, saying that the rally was "against everything the flag stands for". Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Twitter. Orrin Hatch, the most senior Republican in the Senate.
"US Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice".
Arguing that "both sides do it" deeply misunderstands the hate and intolerance at the core of this "Unite the Right" rally. The removal is on hold pending litigation but has angered many white supremacists since the council voting. He didn't take questions from reporters.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jay and Berke, both of whom were our close friends and trusted members of our team".
He means the ones who complain about affirmative action because they spent thousands on tutoring and practice tests and the side that knows that, regardless of income, schools with black students are more likely to be underfunded. "I told him to be careful. if they are going to rally, to make sure he is doing it peacefully", she told the newspaper.
Obama attributed the quote, which he'd posted for his more than 90 million followers, to Nelson Mandela.