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.
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.
A day before a scheduled alt-right demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, protestors marched with torches at the University of Virginia. According to local reports, several people were injured during the demonstration.
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Disturbing video shows the moment a car crashed into the crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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A man who was injured in Charlottesville when a speeding vehicle plowed into a second car, killing one person and injuring many others, said he thought it seemed like an assault on “every person in this country.” (Aug. 12)
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Fights and arguments were widespread during a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Demonstrators were protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.
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Graphic video: A bystander captures the moment a car slams into a crowd at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Emma Eisner captured this video of thick, black smoke billowing near Birdwood golf course in Charlottesville, Va., She says a helicopter appeared to stall and spiral down to the ground.
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President Trump interrupted a signing ceremony for veterans to publicly denounce the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia saying the U.S. government is “ready, willing and able” to step in.
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A female victim has been named in the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) reports.
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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the ‘alt-right’ protests in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, were a “turning point” to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.
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Alt-right protestors carry torches to Univ. of Virginia
Video shows car plow into Charlottesville crowd
Charlottesville car attack victim: People flying around me
Fights break out in the street during alt-right protest
Graphic video: Car slams into crowd at alt-right demonstration
Smoke rises after helicopter crash in Charlottesville
Trump responds to violence in Charlottesville
Charlottesville victim’s mother: She died doing what was right
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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