Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

White Supremacists in Charlottesville Show Alt-Right's True Colors

White Supremacists in Charlottesville Show Alt-Right's True Colors

Self-identified "alt-right" protesters -a key constituency of Trump's base made up mostly of white men- marched through the campus carrying tiki torches Friday night.

White nationalists had assembled in Charlottesville to vent their frustration against the city's plans to take down a statue of Confederal Gen. Robert E. Lee. She said some injuries had been reported. According to The Washington Post, a brawl involving chemical spray broke out at a statue of university founder, Thomas Jefferson.

Tensions began Friday night, as several hundred white supremacists chanted "White lives matter!" The group left the university's grounds when police arrived and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

At one point, the far right group surrounded a smaller batch of counter protesters while yelling "you will not replace us".

A Twitter user also shared a picture of the varsity students protesting against the white nationalists. The reporter and other media outlets said journalists and residents had been threatened by some of the marchers.

Kessler then sued the city and got representation from the ACLU of Virginia and the Rutherford Institute, which say the city's decision raises numerous First Amendment concerns. Local law enforcement agencies could not be reached immediately for comment.

She condemned the march as "disturbing and unacceptable".

Sullivan described herself as "deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior " shown by the marchers.

Conrad also said this claim was bolstered by other evidence, including tweets from Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy in which they expressed opinions opposing the rally.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah was one of the first senior national lawmakers to condemn the march. Mark Warner, a Democrat, told the white nationalists to leave Charlottesville.

Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement prior to Friday's events that said that personnel from Virginia's National Guard have been put on standby to "respond if needed" over the weekend.

At least one person has been killed and several were injured at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday. And during the election, Trump played coy with figures like David Duke, and won the support of the Ku Klux Klan, who declared of Trump, "A lot of what he believes in, we believe in".

Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town. "I urge all people of good will - go home".

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