Donald Trump under fire from Republicans for response to Charlottesville violence


Donald Trump is coming under fire for refusing to condemn white supremacists after an attack on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three dead and dozens injured, with the president instead claiming that hatred on "many sides" was responsible.

The Department of Justice announced it would open a civil rights investigation conducted by the F.B.I. into "the deadly vehicular incident" that occurred during the event on Saturday. "When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated".

Col Martin Kumer, the superintendent of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, told The Guardian that James Fields was "charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death".

Hours after the vehicle crash, two Virginia state troopers were killed after a police helicopter crashed 7 miles (11 km) southwest of the historic college town, increasing the death toll in connection with the white supremacist rally to three. The helicopter had been part of the operation to monitor the clashes. Our message is plain and simple: "go home", McAuliffe told a news conference. "You pretend that you are patriots but you are anything but a patriot", McAuliffe said adding that there was "no place" for the supporters of the far-right views in the United States. And you did hurt people.

"Heidi's and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville", Cruz said in the statement.

One was a veteran law enforcement officer with more than two decades as a Virginia state trooper.

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President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to the troopers' families earlier Saturday.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for a "pro-white" rally, and white nationalists promoted the gathering widely.

One of the rioters was former KKK leader David Duke.

In Boston, Massachusettes, protesters held signs that read "Unite against racist hate & sexist bigotry".

Twitterati began sharing photos of the white nationalists who were waving confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields near the campus of the University of Virginia campus, around the Robert E Lee statue, on Friday night.