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Trump-who was supposed to just be signing a Veteran Affairs bill today-opened a press conference this afternoon with comments on the violence now happening in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a white supremacist rally was declared illegal by local police.

Trump's candidacy excited many white nationalists, who were thrilled to hear Trump mock the Black Lives Matter movement on the campaign trail and declare that "all lives matter".

Now, I get that it sucks that white men don't get to throw protests like everyone else, and even you guys want to get in on the fun, but that's not how this works.

Other Republicans were far more explicit in their denunciation of white supremacists.

"We're closely following the awful events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia", he told reporters at his New Jersey golf course.

At the podium, Trump said he condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence - on many sides", repeating for emphasis the phrase "on many sides", and professed love for "all Americans".

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke - who earlier in the day had said at the rally that white nationalists were working to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump" - tweeted that he and his fellow white supremacists were under "attack" by the president. "Those victims were Virginia State Police Department officers who were in a hellicopter surveilling clashes below".

The University of Virginia Health Systems received 20 patients from the scene near the vehicle strike. A auto struck a crowd of counter-protestors at the rally, leaving one dead.

And Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tweeted: "We should call evil by its name".

He says "we have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and. true affection for each other".

The rally was declared an "unlawful assembly" by city officials after violence erupted between white nationalists and anti-fascist counter-protesters.

State police tweeted that some in the crowd were using pepper spray.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement he was "beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation".

Charlottesville is considered a liberal college town - and 86 percent of the county voted for Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential elections.

"You will not erase us", chanted a crowd of white nationalists, while counter-protesters carried placards that read: "Nazi go home" and "Smash white supremacy". "And then it reversed back into the street dragging bodies and clothes".

A rally in Emancipation Park in Virginia around the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ended before it began, as authorities shut the event down due to violence.

Thomas said the male driver was arrested shortly after the incident. Police have not offered any details on the vehicle incident.

"I started to cry".

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said, "Public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers".

White nationalist demonstrators walk into Lee park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Shiquan Rah, a 21-year-old demonstrator who had joined the counter-protest said about the far-right groups: "These people don't have a message, their message is hate and violence". They were at a park protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.

The president's reluctance to condemn white bigots also stood in stark contrast by his insistence of calling out "radical Islamic terrorism" by name.