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White House spokesman: "Of course" Trump's Charlottesville response "includes white supremacists"

14 August 2017

In his statements, Trump called Saturday's violence an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence - on many sides", making it appear to critics that the president was placing blame on the white nationalists and supremacists that planned the rally and the people who came to protest them.

Many critics - including Republicans - slammed Trump for not explicitly calling out the white nationalists in Virginia, noting that one woman was killed when a auto drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, and calling it a "terror attack".

"It's been going on for a long time in our country", the president said. "This has been going on for a long, long time".

President Trump - long accused of stoking divisions and encouraging the so-called alt-right with his rhetoric - has again been criticised after his condemnation of the violence failed to single out the white nationalists.

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Two Virginia State Patrol troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash while "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville".

Heather Heyer died when a auto rammed into a group protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday.

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BuzzFeed reported that a Facebook page appearing to belong to Fields (no longer available) included "a cover photo of soldiers with an American flag and swastikas, and a baby portrait of Adolf Hitler", as well as Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that white nationalists and internet trolls appropriated past year.

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Heather Heyer worked as a paralegal in Virginia, and was in Charlottesville as a counter-protester.

In a Twitter post, the group said it had handed out the shields "to anyone in attendance who wanted them", and denied Fields was a member. "That's a very strong charge to level", said Tapper. "What you see here is a criminal act against fellow Americans".

When told by the AP reporter that the rally was organised by white nationalists, Bloom said she believed it was a rally in support of Trump, before adding, "Trump's not a white supremacist". Others also showed up in a counter protest. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. "But what you're seeing is bigger than a statue", Bellamy told NPR.

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