President Trump tweets after white nationalists protests in Virginia

Posted at 1:44 PM, Aug 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-12 13:54:56-04

President Donald Trump has tweeted out a statement after a clash between white nationalists and counter-protestors, including those from the Black Lives Matter movement, during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday morning.

"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.

Trump wasn't the only high-ranking Republican politician to respond after the rally. Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan both tweeted out statements.

"I stand with @POTUSagainst hate & violence. U.S is greatest when we join together & oppose those seeking to divide us. #Charlottesville" Pence tweeted.

"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville," the first lady tweeted.

"The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry," Ryan also tweeted.

Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. At least one person was arrested.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people at the rally in Charlottesville to disperse after chaotic clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

Small bands of protesters who showed up to express their opposition to the rally were seen marching around the city peacefully by midafternoon, chanting and waving flags. Helicopters circled overhead. As of 12:30 p.m., a city spokeswoman said a single arrest was reported. Emergency medical personnel have responded to eight injuries related to the event.