Charlottesville Clashes: Trump Condemns 'Display of Hatred, Bigotry and Violence - on Many Sides'

President Trump reacts to car-ramming that left at least one dead at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, August 12, 2017
Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, August 12, 2017 JIM WATSON/AFP

President Donald Trump reacted Saturday to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that have left at least one person dead.

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"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence – on many sides, on many sides," Trump said. 

"No citizen should ever fear for their safety," he said. "The hate and division must stop now," he said at a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

At least one person died Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally. Local media reported at least six people were injured, and witnesses described the car-ramming as "intentional." 

The incident took place as clashes erupted between the white nationalists, who protested the planned removal of a Confederate general's statue that critics say glorifies the era of slavery, counterprotesters who descended on the city.

Fighting broke out in the city's downtown before noon when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a nearly equal number of counter-protesters. The clashes began the previous evening, resulting in at least one arrest.