Trump Sparks Backlash for Blaming Violence on ‘Many Sides’


  • A car plowed into at least 26 counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday
  • Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said a total of 35 people had been treated for injuries after incident
  • He also confirmed the deceased victim was a 32-year-old woman, who was struck as she crossed the street
  • Police said male driver was arrested few blocks away from bloody scene but they haven’t released his name
  • But the car is registered to James Fields, 20, of Ohio who was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder
  • A Dodge Challenger is filmed ramming into a line of people, then reversing quickly away from the scene
  • Before the smash, 15 were already being treated after heated clashes at Unite the Right rally
  • The event was being held at Emancipation Park and hundreds were seen stomping through the city
  • A local state of emergency was declared around 11am and the rally was determined an unlawful assembly
  • A state police helicopter covering the rally crashed near a golf course within city limits, killing two officers
  • President Trump admonished the day’s events, saying: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides’
  • Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe strongly condemned all of the so-called ‘patriotic’ white nationalists Saturday
  • ‘Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. You are not patriots,’ McAuliffe proclaimed

The University of Virginia Health System said it was treating 19 patients from the car crash — five are in critical condition, four are in serious condition, six are fair and four are in good condition.

Described as a group of “anti-racist protesters” by a witness who took video of the crash, the group of marchers was packed close together at the end of a street near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets in downtown Charlottesville when the car struck.

Brennan Gilmore, a 37-year-old who works for a start up, shot the footage and said he heard tires squealing before he saw a gray Dodge Charger build up speed and ram the crowd. It hit a number of people before plowing into the bumper of another car.

The crash occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters earlier that day during the planned Unite the Right rally.

Hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting ‘Blood and Soil’ as they made their way towards the event on Saturday morning.

Counter-protesters flocked to the march in retaliation against the white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists, screaming: ‘We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!’