TRUMP RESPONDS TO CHARLOTTESVILLE: ‘There is no place for this kind of violence in America’

Members of white nationalists clash a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

President Donald Trump responded to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia before a white nationalist rally on Saturday.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” Trump tweeted.

His response came after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville.

The demonstrations precede a “Unite the Right” rally called by white nationalists in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Two people have been treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to Charlottesville officials.

Trump’s tweet was the first official response to the violence from the White House. First Lady Melania Trump tweeted about the situation in Charlottesville before had Trump commented. “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville,” her tweet read.

Other politicians across the spectrum are condemning the violent clashes.

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