Trump joins politicians in reaction to white nationalist rally in Virginia

The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Trump joined a chorus of figures from across the U.S. political spectrum to speak out against the white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, where clashes between white supremacists and counterprotest groups forced the city to declare a state of emergency.

Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon in response to the protests.

The president’s reaction comes after months of criticism from rights groups that he has neglected to speak out vociferously enough against a contingent of his supporters that promote white nationalist views.

Vice President Mike Pence followed Trump by saying that he stands with the president. Pence also mentioned Charlottesville by name in his tweet.

Later in the afternoon, Trump tweeted again in reaction to the events in Virginia, writing “Charlottesville sad!”

First Lady Melania Trump also commented on the rally via Twitter.

On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent and self-described democratic socialist, called the rally “reprehensible.”

Chuck Schumer, the Democrats’ leader in the Senate, echoed that sentiment, saying that the rally was “against everything the flag stands for.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was among the high-ranking Republicans to speak out against the rally, calling it “repugnant” and “vile.”

Ronna McDaniel, the GOP chairwoman, called the rally “dangerous” and “cowardly” in a tweet.

In a follow-up tweet, McDaniel defended the rally’s right to exist, while urging citizens to speak out against it.

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