Trump Blames Virginia Violence on 'Many Sides'

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The DSA, the largest socialist group in the nation, shared the fundraiser on its Facebook page following the violent clash between white nationalist protesters and "anti-fascist" counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Terry McAuliffe was made in order to "aid state response to violence" at the rally in the city about 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and home to the University of Virginia.

City officials and police say they are prepared for any violence.

The fighting broke out in the city's downtown when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

A 32-year-old woman was killed and about two dozen other people were injured.

The driver was arrested.

Videos and pictures of the immediate aftermath showed several people lying on the ground, while others screamed for medics. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time.

Some folks from the East Bay city hope extremists on both sides of the political spectrum end the rhetoric that has ignited recent violence.

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"It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property", McAuliffe wrote in a statement on his emergency declaration. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.' - Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat.

"We have so many incredible things happening in our country", he said. Counter-protesters massed in opposition.

President Donald Trump addressed the rally as well, delivering remarks from New Jersey to condemn "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

"So glad GEOTUS called this bulls-t out for what it really is", said another commenter, using an acronym to refer to Trump that stands for "God Emperor of the United States'". "And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country".

The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus of the University of Virginia in a display that critics said was reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally.

Trump's reference to "V.A." was not to Virginia, but rather to the Veterans Administration: the president's 3 pm presser had originally been planned as a signing of the Veterans Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which provides funding to extend a program that allows veterans to seek care at private medical facilities instead of just at the V.A.

Normally reticent First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter to respond to the demonstrations, writing, "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. It has no place in America".

Following Trump's comments, a number of people took to social media to point out that the president has been vocally tougher on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a number of other people than what he has been on white supremacists and neo-nazi groups.

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