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The White House released a statement Sunday clarifying what President Trump meant regarding the Charlottesville, Virginia violence.

Tennessee political leaders this weekend were quick to condemn deadly violence stemming from white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., although some of them did not specifically mention the racism that animated the rally.

One counter-protester was killed when a car drove into a crowd. The crash injured 19 others. Authorities have arrested an Ohio man with reported ties to the neo-Nazi movement in connection with the crash.

Two Virginia state troopers died after the rallies when their surveillance helicopter crashed nearby while they were monitoring the crowds. Both troopers had family in Tennessee, a point Gov. Bill Haslam stressed Sunday in his statement.

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In the aftermath of the violence, many politicians, including prominent Republicans, were explicit in calling out neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy groups for promoting violence.

Some even criticized President Donald Trump for failing condemn racist groups and for saying it came “from many sides.”

Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper retweeted a criticism of Trump’s wording but did not mention the president in his own comment.

Republican members of the Tennessee delegation did not criticize the president’s wording and some followed Trump’s model.

In an interview on CNN, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn condemned the violence and then said “it doesn’t matter … if it’s from the right or the left.” She posted a snippet of the interview on Twitter.

Republican Rep. Diane Black, who is also running for governor, quoted Trump’s tweet in her own response.

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    Alt-right protestors carry torches to Univ. of Virginia

  • Video shows car plow into Charlottesville crowd

    Video shows car plow into Charlottesville crowd

  • Charlottesville car attack victim: People flying around me

    Charlottesville car attack victim: People flying around me

  • Fights break out in the street during alt-right protest

    Fights break out in the street during alt-right protest

  • Graphic video: Car slams into crowd at alt-right demonstration

    Graphic video: Car slams into crowd at alt-right demonstration

  • Smoke rises after helicopter crash in Charlottesville

    Smoke rises after helicopter crash in Charlottesville

  • Trump responds to violence in Charlottesville

    Trump responds to violence in Charlottesville

  • Charlottesville victim's mother: She died doing what was right

    Charlottesville victim’s mother: She died doing what was right

  • White nationalist David Duke attends 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville

    White nationalist David Duke attends ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville

Here’s how other politicians reacted.

Sen. Lamar Alexander

Sen. Bob Corker

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally

Randy Boyd, a Republican running for governor

Karl Dean, a Democrat running for governor

State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, who is running for governor

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