Virginia Declares State of Emergency Amid Anniversary of Charlottesville Riots

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President Trump was criticized for his response to Charlottesville after he appeared to condone the white nationalists by saying there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, (D), said that Trump shares responsibility for the violence in Charlottesville.

Jason Kessler abandoned plans for a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville.

Counter-protesters chant, a day before a white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, outside the White House in Washington, U.S., August 11, 2018. Some Republican lawmakers also pushed back, although initial statements by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't mention Trump by name.

"Riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", he wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning.

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The vice president also noted he and the second lady will be praying for the victims of that day in Virginia and continue praying Americans come together in new and renewed ways. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence". "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils and other community events that began unfolding peacefully amid a heavy police presence.

"We must show that what sets us apart as citizens of this country are our values of respect, openness, and tolerance towards one another".

Authorities said two people were arrested, one for trespassing and the other for disorderly conduct.

The city says each man was released on a misdemeanor summons.

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State Police patrol the road in front of Market Street park with the state of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

On August 12, fighting broke out between neo-Nazi supporters and anti-fascists from a black-clad group called Antifa.

Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.

Christopher Malone, a political-science professor and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Molloy College, said Trump's racially charged outbursts are part of a calculated effort to appeal to whites, especially those with a sense of cultural grievance, and is best expressed through his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again".

Amid imagery of violent confrontations, and two days after the death of a young woman protesting against a massive white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan and drew the most infamous equivalency of his time in office. He denies the allegations. Among those, Airbnb said it would ban users who rent out their properties to participate in the Unite the Right rally, citing their terms of service, stating users agree, "To treat everyone in the Airbnb community - regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age - with respect, and without judgment or bias".

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"I think there is blame on both sides", he said.

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