Trump Under Sharp Attack for Failure to Denounce White Supremacists

Trump Under Sharp Attack for Failure to Denounce White Supremacists

"We are particularly pained when we see violence carried out in the name of hate", he added.

The violence left one person dead and dozens more injured.

The violence and deaths in Charlottesville "strike at the heart of American law and justice", Mr Sessions wrote.

Authorities say a 20-year-old OH man accused of driving a vehicle into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

"Calling out people for their acts of evil - let's do it today - white nationalist, white supremacist", Gardner said on CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday.

At a news conference on Saturday evening, McAuliffe, a Democrat, told "all the white supremacists and the Nazis" who traveled to Charlottesville to "go home" because "you are not wanted in this great commonwealth".

Shortly after the auto incident, a Virginia State Police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.

Earlier in the day, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and troops from the National Guard were deployed to bolster security after clashes broke out between white supremacists and counterprotesters.

Police have identified the driver who killed Heyer as 20-year-old James Fields Jr.

Many condemned Trump after the speech for not speaking specifically against white supremacists. Virginia State Police say they've made three arrests in connection with the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Disturbances began Friday night during a march through the University of Virginia.

Heather Heyer, 32, died when a auto, with an OH license plate, rammed into a crowd near the city's downtown mall after the rally was dispersed, according to reports.

The Anti-Defamation League says Vanguard America believes the U.S. is an exclusively white nation, and uses propaganda to recruit young white men online and at college campuses.

The rally stemmed from a long debate in the South over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the rebel side in the Civil War, which was fought over slavery.

A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan says the alt-right rally in Virginia was inspired by President Trump.