Following the breakout of violent clashes at a white nationalist rally in Virginia today, PResident Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer up a condemnation of the violence.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The tweet comes a couple of hours after clashes first started breaking out in Charlottesville ahead of the since-canceled ‘Unite the Right’ rally. The First Lady went to Twitter about 40 minutes ahead of her husband to send out her own statement:
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
Prior to his tweet, there had been grumblings over the lack of response by the president.
The violence in Charlottesville comes a day after hundreds of white nationalists took part in a torch-lit march at the University of Virginia, chanting “white lives matter” and “blood and soil.”
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