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Charlottesville Protest Turns Violent as State of Emergency Declared

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A state of emergency has been declared around Charlottesville, Virginia, amid clashes between “Unite the Right” white nationalist demonstrators and “counterprotesters,” including the presence of Antifa.

Gov. Terry McAullife declared a state of emergency shortly before 11 a.m. ET, moments before the rally was scheduled to begin at noon at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, according to a tweet sent from the Democratic governor’s Twitter account.

Using megaphones, police declared an unlawful assembly at about 11:40 a.m., and gave a five-minute warning to leave Emancipation Park, where hundreds of neoNazis, Ku Klux Klans members and other white nationalists had gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. They were met by equal numbers of “counterprotesters,” including Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.

Both the city of Charlottesville and the Albemarle County have declared a local state of emergency, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

**This is a developing story and will be updated** (all times eastern)

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5:30:

Scott Adams watches Charlottesville turn hate into an American sport https://www.pscp.tv/w/bF4V1zExODgwMjU5fDF5TnhhbVJnVnlOeGp_mfHIoba3gGw6LPIkpu7YJH8bbO4JUgsbNvaMjwi53g== 

Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays

Scott Adams watches Charlottesville turn hate into an American sport

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5:15:

BREAKING: On scene here, I’m being told a state police helicopter has crashed in the woods near Old Farm Road.

5:00: From Breitbart News reporters on the ground: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe arriving: video here

 

4:57: Are the legacy media folks tweeting from New York and D.C. there like this reporter on the ground?

Just wanna clarify that 2 officers who I spoke to who said act might not have been intentional were not on the scene. Had not seen video yet

The police are trying to figure everything out as it’s happening just like everyone else. Lots of people spreading conspiracies

I’m at the police station now interviewing officers and other witnesses. Every witness here claims the act was deliberate

Just wanna clarify that 2 officers who I spoke to who said act might not have been intentional were not on the scene. Had not seen video yet

Turns out the guy who punched me in the face for recording after the incident already had a warrant out for his arrest. So he’s being held.

Out of the police station and back at the scene. Police have completely shut down the block. Helicopter hovering above pic.twitter.com/gVaDjFfr5W

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4:55:

The police are trying to figure everything out as it’s happening just like everyone else. Lots of people spreading conspiracies

Big swarm of police just came into a parking garage now where they’re searching 2 cars. Detaining two people pic.twitter.com/bSf3kGxnk5

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4:51: From Breitbart News Reporters on the Ground in Charlottesville:

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4:45:

4:43: See tweets below about media giving fringe groups oxygen:

Same exact White Supremacist gatherings every year. Media forgets they tried tying Trump to last years event and it didn’t work

4:35: Thought we weren’t allowed to use the word “force” no longer:

Members of Congress can’t just condemn this with words, they need to force the Jusice Department to investigate and prosecute terrorism.

4:32: Why is Jeb! tweeting so late on this?

The white supremacists and their bigotry do not represent our great country. All Americans should condemn this vile hatred. 

4:31:

4:29: How many consultants did it take to craft this for her?

But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.

Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values.

4:25:

First Russia, now the media will try to create some sort of fake relationship between Trump and the White Supremacists.

4:20:

4:10: Makes you wonder about how legacy media are covering along with their typical band of “Never Trump” useful idiots who seek head-pat after head-pat.

Dark symbiosis between the press (me included) and Spencer’s tiny fringe, which needs attention like oxygen.

4:05 PM:

People chanting “Love has already won” in . Sorry but no, ya’ll hate just as much as the other side.

4:02 PM: UPDATE from UVA Hospital:

NBC News: UVA hospital says 19 people have been injured and confirms 1 person has died as a result of car incident in Charlottesville.

4:00 PM:

“White supremacy” crap is worst kind of racism-it’s EVIL and perversion of God’s truth to ever think our Creator values some above others.

3:54 PM:

Reason #953 media is loathed. Question to Trump:”Do you want the support of these white nationalists groups that they say they support you?”

3:53: File these instantaneous tweets away:

President Trump declines to specifically condemn white supremacist and neo-Nazis. Breath-taking

The president of the United States has just failed to condemn white supremacy and neo-Nazi ideology.

This is the same president who devoted so much time to lancing any political leader who wouldn’t use the phrase “radical Islamic terror.”

3:47: SAY WHAT?

Trump’s refusal to condemn Nazis chanting his name shows how far flattery goes w/ him. In America you can be monsters if you praise Trump.

3:45: Interesting immediate commentary from Chuck Todd. Why does he think Trump’s statement may have “done the opposite … ? 

Hard to see how that statement from the POTUS will do anything to tamp things down. He may have just done the opposite

3:43: Joe Biden: 

No. Not in America. We must be stronger, more determined and more united than ever. Racism and hate have no place here. 

3:41 PM:

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Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police Spox: “This is not a good day for Charlottesville. This is not a good day for the Commonwealth.”

3:40: Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions’ statement:

3:38 PM: President Trump condemns the “egregious” acts of hate and violence on all sides and calls for a “swift” restoration of law and order.  Trump says we are all Americans first and we love our God, country, our flag, and who we are. Trump says we need to get this situation “straightened out” and need to “study it” to see what is going wrong. 

TRUMP: “We must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first”

.@POTUS: “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.”

TRUMP: “We condem in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred” – “from all sides”

“Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama…” @realDonaldTrump says this hatred and bigotry has gone on too long.

President Trump says he is closely following “terrible events” in Charlottesville; condemns bigotry “on many sides.”

3:35 PM: Charlottesville mayor reports one person has died:

I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.

3:33 PM: Driver arrested: 

3:32 PM: 

3:30 PM: 

Enough calling it “ALT-RIGHT”…this isn’t a grunge music genre. It’s a gathering of xenophobic cowardice

Please stop calling these people “alt-right”. They’re racist,white supremacist,scum. Calling them alt-right is hiding what they really are

3:29 PM: Trump getting ready to speak from Bedminster:

3:27 PM: Why do legacy media networks put this ticking time bomb on the air? Rick “put a bullet in Trump” Wilson also asked whether Trump pays Coulter more for “anal.”

This Administration has *at least* three senior White House officials who are cheering for the Nazis in .

3:25: Right On, Ms. Coulter: 

 

3:20 PM:

3:15 PM: Interesting observation from Jack Shafer:

Without logos or signs, I can’t reliably tell the Nazis from the anti-Nazis in the TV shots.

3 p.m. ET – It appears the “counterprotesters” have now turned on the police:

2:45 p.m. ET – Celebrities also use the opportunity to bash Trump. According to Gossip Cop:

Alyssa Milano, who deemed Friday night’s protest an example of “Trump’s America.” Mark Ruffalo cracked, “Got the ole fashioned Nazi feeling don’t it?” Katie Couric called it “a chilling scene.” And Piper Perabo told followers, “I just donated to @naacp & Charlottesville Pride @cvillepride. I am outraged at what happened last night. Counter protest march link below.”

Andy Richter ripped the participants as “human race traitors,” while Rosie O’Donnell said it was evidence of “THE TRUMP EFFECT.” She added, “#25thAmendmentNow #stopTRUMP.” Debra Messing retweeted the activist DeRay McKesson, who argued, “If black folks were carrying torches on a college campus right now the administration would’ve already called the National Guard.” Kristen Bell replied to him, “Sad and true.” Chelsea Clinton took note of a tweet that said of the white protesters, “Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression.” She added to it, “This. All of this.” In response to some of the chants, Jeremy Piven quipped, “That sounds reasonable … oh wait.”

2:15 p.m. ET – The Associated Press is reporting that a vehicle plowed into a crowd, with at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment after the incident.

A video of a car crash has emerged, though it’s not immediately clear if it’s the same incident (language NSFW):

2:05 p.m. ET – Laura Ingraham points out that media is finding a convenient scapegoat to bash President Trump:

1:55 p.m. ET – More journalists and activists trying to use the opportunity to tie the Trump campaign/administration to white supremacists:

Coming up on CNN to say it’s time to drop euphemisms like “alt-right” & call  organizers what they are: white supremacists

Three days ago, a Trump aide was on Breitbart aggressively minimizing the problem of white supremacists: https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-adviser-says-people-should-stop-criticizing-white-supremacists-so-much-ddd587767d60/ 

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White House adviser says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much

Gorka can’t stop talking.

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1:40 p.mET – RICHARD PAINTER, an official at the left-wing CREW that Media Matters’ David Brock headed until recently, is referred to by every outlet as “George W. Bush’s former ethics lawyer, to allow himself to be used as their useful idiot. Painter, on cue, Breitbart News:

@RWPUSA: “This is the face of fascism in America… This is Breitbart news, what you are seeing on the streets of Charlottesville.” 

1:35 p.m. ET – Vice President Pence also condemns the violence:

1:30 p.m. ET – President Trump condemns the violence in Charlottesville:

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!

1:20 p.m. ET – Michael Moore and Democratic house leadership also chime in:

Trump’s America: The last days of White rule. It’s always a bitch to have to give up power you’ve held for 300 years https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/us/charlottesville-protest-white-nationalist.html 

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Car Plows Into Crowd as Racial Tensions Boil Over in Virginia

Protests of a plan to remove a statue of a Confederate general led to clashes that left several injured.

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Our nation is defined by the march of progress. Our strength lies in our diversity. We must reject hate. 

1:10 p.m. ET – Some reactions from Twitter, predictably smearing President Trump and his advisers:

President Trump’s silence as  roils with racist and fascist provocation is shameful, irresponsible…and, DEFINING.

Anyone not noticing the similarities between Trump and Hitler supporters isn’t paying attention. This is his base! Our county is in danger! https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/896366928247365632 

1 p.m. ET – According to the Washington Post, the scheduled noon rally never took place as fighting started Friday night and then continued Saturday morning.

The Post reported:

Men in combat gear, some wearing bicycle and motorcycle helmets and carrying clubs and sticks and makeshift shields fought each other in the downtown streets, with little apparent police interference. Both sides sprayed each other with chemical irritants and plastic bottles were hurled through the air.

A large contingent of Charlottesville and Virginia state police in riot gear were stationed on side streets and at nearby barricades but did nothing to break up the melee.

A group of three dozen self-described “militia” – men who were wearing full camouflage and were armed with long guns – said they were there to help keep the peace, but they also did not break up the fights.

12:50 p.m. ET – First Lady Melania Trump urges the violence to stop:

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. 

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