As a result of the violence between far-right groups and counter-protesters who confronted each other on the streets of Charlottesville, the Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe felt the need to declare state of emergency this Saturday.
Born to be right reported:
The declaration follows lawmakers on both sides of the aisle condemning the protesters for spreading hate and violent skirmishes between opposing sides, leading to local officials declaring a need for additional resources in the Virginia college town as a planned rally grew violent, The Hill reports.
President Donald Trump is currently on a vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey. He stayed silent during the protests on Saturday. However, the same can’t be said for the First Lady Melania Trump. She took it to Twitter to ask the protesters to communicate without hate.
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
Skirmishes ignited hours before a scheduled noon protest at Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park, where white supremacists, white nationalists and alt-right groups were set to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, The Hill reports.
After the emergency declaration, the police asked the crowd at the park to disperse. The chaos was caught on camera.
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