Charlottesville: Trump under fire for failing to directly condemn Virginia white supremacists

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"There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis", she said. They clashed with counterprotesters, culminating on Saturday with a man ramming a auto through the counterprotesters. Two Virginia state patrol troopers later died in a helicopter crash while assisting in the city's response to the protests.

The president kept quiet as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) declared a state of emergency - and as Trump's own wife responded, writing in a tweet that "no good comes from violence".

Sandy Hausman, a reporter with member station WVTF, says that at the church where the governor spoke on Sunday, there was "incredible sadness". Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Sunday that he considered the attack in Charlottesville to be terrorism: MORE: Peace rallies held across California after Charlottesville violence " I certainly think anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism", McMaster told ABC's "This Week".

Trump has come under fire for blaming the Charlottesville violence on hatred and bigotry "on many sides".

"It's been going on for a long time in our country", the president said. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. "This has been going on for a long, long time".

His comments were echoed by senior Republican figures.

Mr. Trump consulted a broad range of advisers before speaking on Saturday, most of whom told him to sharply criticize the white nationalist protesters.

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"[They] are Nazis and they are here to hurt American citizens, and he needs to call them out for what they are, no question", he said.

For his part, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer blamed Trump for indirectly facilitating Saturday's violence.

On Sunday TV shows, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, a Democrat, said the police response was adequate with almost 1,000 law enforcement personnel assembled. Bannon has described Breitbart as "the platform for the alt-right".

The head of Reform Judaism in the USA criticizes President Donald Trump for saying that the hatred and violence behind the deadly clashes over the weekend between white supremacist protesters and counterprotesters in Virginia came from "many sides".

An organizer of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally, which was staged to protest the planned removal of Confederate army commander General Robert E. Lee's statue from a park, said supporters of the event would not back down. Hundreds of people threw punches and beat one another with sticks, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical spray, according to The Associated Press.

Three people died - one 32-year-old woman, who was hit when a auto ploughed into a crowd and two state troopers, whose helicopter crashed outside the city while responding to the situation ― and at least 35 others were injured. She was identified by police as 32-year-old Heather Heyer of Charlottesville. James Alex Fields Jr. Much of the loudest praise for Trump's remarks came from white nationalists. The news agency says Bloom became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.

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