Violence Breaks Out In Charlottesville As Alt-Right, White Nationalists Battle Counter-Protesters

The eyes of the world are on Charlottesville, Virginia, today. After last night’s torch-lit march by hundreds of alt-right protesters, this college town is on edge as violence broke out an hour before the noon scheduled rally.

It is a riot, an all-out brawl with baseball bats, bottled water used as missiles, flags poles used as spears, and anything not nailed down thrown into the crowds. The volatile atmosphere is a tragedy waiting to happen. White nationalist flags, Don’t Tread On Me flags, Confederate flags, American flags are carried by marchers.

Ed Gillespie, Republican for Governor, tweeted early Saturday morning:

Ralph Northam, Democrat for Governor, released a statement early Saturday morning:

John Adams, Republican for Attorney General, tweeted:

The alt-right has shown up with riot gear.

This is when leaders are made. This is when leaders step out. Who will denounce this behavior? Republicans, now is the time to step forward. History will remember who did what on this day.

11:54am: Unlawful assembly has now been declared by the city of Charlottesville.

Police will now take a stronger, armed presence among protesters. Wishing safety to them as they stand up to the violence.

12:12pm: The rally has been cancelled due to unlawful assembly and police are trying to clear out the streets.

12:20pm: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a State of Emergency.

12:20pm: City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have declared States of Emergency:

Noon: Gillespie Statement on Events in Charlottesville 

RICHMOND, VA – 2017 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie today released the following statement on the events in Charlottesville:

“Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.”

Tweets from #Charlottesville:

First Lady Melania Trump:

John Whitbeck, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia:

From UVa President Teresa Sullivan:

From the University of Virginia College Republicans:

1:00pm: Virginia National Guard and Virginia State Police have cleared the streets.

From Speaker Paul Ryan:

.@SpeakerRyan condemned the bigotry happening in #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/1yuEBKMK28

— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 12, 2017

1:22: From President Donald Trump:

2:30: A car plowed into counter-protesters on the street in Charlottesville with multiple injuries. Eye-witness said a silver Charger with no license plates going 30-40 mph hit the pedestrians and plowed into another vehicle that was pushed into a minivan, then he hit reverse to escape. There may be at least one fatality. The horror in Charlottesville continues into the afternoon. Background: Wall Street Journal — Car Strikes Protesters at White Nationalists Stage Demonstration in Virginia.

UPDATE: One confirmed fatality and 19 injuries when the car plowed into the crowd.

2:30: Statement from Jill Vogel–

I am horrified by the hate being displayed in Charlottesville. It is not the Virginia that I know and love and I condemn this vile display of racism.

3:35pm: Trump speaks to the nation about violence “on all sides.”

Former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling commented on his Facebook page:

The hatred and violence on display this day in Charlottesville is disgusting and unacceptable. Those who participated in it truly represent the worst among us. In America we are all entitled to our point of view, but with that right is the civil expectation that we be tolerant of those with different views. Unfortunately, the extremism of the right and the left seems to be on the rise, and it threatens a civil society. When civility breaks down, violence ensues. We are witnessing a sad commentary on the state of our politics and civil discourse. There are no winners here, just losers.

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock commented on her Facebook page:

The neo-Nazi march and the hate and racism on display in Charlottesville are vile, have no place in Virginia, and are denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike in our great Commonwealth. We thank and pray for our law enforcement who protect our Commonwealth and put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities.

Bearing Drift Publisher Jim Hoeft has written his thoughts about today’s violence: Charlottesville Is Representing Our Worst.

Video of the car roaring down the street before it hit and injured 20 pedestrians.

Former Governor Jeb Bush left a statement on Twitter:

From Attorney General Mark Herring:

Governor Terry McAuliffe:

Update on fatality:

From U.S. Senator Mark Warner:

Governor Terry McAuliffe held a press conference late Saturday afternoon to address the violence in Charlottesville during the alt-right white nationalist march, and the crash of a Virginia State Police helicopter with the loss of two lives.

The governor, who said he had a message for all the white supremacists and nazis who had come to Charlottesville to cause disruption, had very strong words that resonated all across the Commonwealth:

“Go home. You’re not wanted. You’re not a patriot. Patriots are George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and the men and women today wearing the cloth of our country.

“You came here today to hurt people. And you did hurt people. We are stronger than you. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here, and there is no place for you in America. We work here to unify folks. We are a nation of immigrants. Our diversity, the mosaic tile of immigrants, is what makes us so special, and we will not let anyone come here an destroy it. So please go home, and never come back. Take your hatred and your bigotry, and leave.” (paraphrased)

From the Young Republican Federation of Virginia:

Virginia’s Young Republicans are shocked and saddened by the despicable display of ignorance, hatred, and violence that occurred in our Commonwealth. On this dark day in Charlottesville, we have seen the very worst of America. While such bigotry and racism has always lingered in the shadows, it now rears its ugly head. The Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other white nationalist groups are fueled by a dangerous philosophy that our society cannot continue to ignore. We must stand united against their hateful, divisive, and fundamentally un-American message that seeks to tear our country apart.

We now have an opportunity to put aside partisan differences and unite behind the American and democratic principles that founded our great nation: The freedom of diverse thought and expression, the economic freedom to create a diverse market that spurs innovation and opportunities for success, and the equal protection under the law to all members of our beautifully diverse society. It is diversity that makes America great. Any group or individual who clings to a mentality of exclusivity and superiority can never truly understand what it means to be an American.

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals who have been injured or killed in acts of deliberate violence, their families, as well as the law enforcement officers and emergency personnel who are working to restore order. As Young Republicans, as Virginians, and as Americans, we stand united behind the Charlottesville community in order to rise above hatred to create a brighter future.

Will there be more? Stay tuned….

UPDATE: Late on Saturday afternoon a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed just outside Charlottesville as the violence occurring in the city, killing two troopers from the Richmond area.

  • MD Russ

    “..fulfills the promises of Donald Trump.”

    That says it all. Next up, Kristallnacht.

    • Chill out, Merle. Not helpful.

      • MD Russ

        Sorry, Jim. I hate white supremacists and consider them to be the only exception to Godwin’s Law.

        • Don’t worry. I’m not disagreeing with you. And I’m almost done writing.

        • Gollywogs forever!

          Oh, balls. Pro- white is not white-supremacy. It’s defensive.

          • Turtles Run

            Funny, how “pro-white” rhetoric closely mimicks racist bull droppings.

            Matt Suarez

      • MD Russ

        The fact that Chad Davis up voted your comment, Jim, should give you some pause.

        • Chad Davis

          I’ve upvoted you before Mad Dog.

          • MD Russ

            And I was so proud.

          • Chad Davis

            You may not like President Trump, but he is not a fascist.

    • old_redneck

      Neo-Nazi David Duke, the former Klan leader who endorsed Trump during his campaign, had this to say about the deadly violence in Charlottesville:

      “This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”

      • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

        Anyone that listens to that idiot deserves the resultant loss of IQ.

  • mark Jawsz

    General Robert E Lee was one of the most splendid and talented human beings this continent has ever produced. It is unfortunate that in this rabidly anti-white, cultural Marxist era his statue is to be taken down. But Charlottesville is a very liberal town, and they have the right to do what they please. The obvious solution would be for a more conservative, traditionalist locality to take the statue and display it proudly.

    • MD Russ

      More splendid and talented than Dwight Eisenhower, George Marshall, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington?

      If you say so.

      • mark Jawsz

        Listen genius – I said ONE OF THE MOST….Is that too hard to understand? I did not say he was THE MOST. And by the way, I would bet his commanding capability against Ike’s any day. Lee had to endure against daunting odds. Ike led an Army that was numerically superior and better equipped than the Wehrmacht he faced. Ike was never in combat as a junior officer – no fault of his own.

        • MD Russ

          Obviously so. Lee was a military genus, but hardly in the top 10 of all leaders produced on this continent. Notice that I didn’t even touch on Native American leaders such as Geronimo and Tecumseh, genius.

          • mark Jawsz

            Here again, Wise Ass, I did not assign some Top Ten List. I simply said he was one of the most splendid – and you with your typically smarter-than-thou attitude had to nit pick a statement which most historians would agree. BTW, you make me fucking sick.

          • Please edit your comment for language for it to remain posted.

          • mark Jawsz

            done

          • So sad for a free speech forum.

          • Sbn

            Grow up

          • MD Russ

            I am not responsible for your health issues and I am not impressed with insults that are substituted for logical arguments. Go away.

          • mark Jawsz

            And you are the guy who compares General Lee to Geronimo? Really? Geronimo? A raider. You are so filled with PC that you feel compelled to make ridiculous comparisons and statements. You are undoubtedly a smart guy, but as the cliché goes, liberalism is a mental disease that forces people to simply say things that are not so. And what is even worse, I believe most liberals deep down in their hearts know they are not so. Just like I believe deep down in your heart you know that Geronimo could not hold a candle to Robert E Lee, but you simply HAD to add a non-white into the lsit you initially offered for the sake of your sanctimonious diversity. Anyway. Enough of this pleasure drive. I am making a U-turn and heading for Realville. Ciao. And by the way, even though I hate Nazis (they would have killed me, a Jew) they have just as valid a right to march as BLM, Antifa, and any other American. Totalitarian tendencies in 21st century America are on the Left – not the Right. I am off this thread.

          • Eric the half a troll

            I am not so sure they should have a right to march. Given the buildup, I think the entire “march” was designed to incite violence for publicity’s sake. I’d say mission accomplished. The government should be able to decide if an exercise of free speech is really a threat to pubic safety in disguise and act accordingly – as in deny the permit on public safety grounds. Any group who publicly calls for their members to open carry and come in riot gear has made its intentions known clearly. Shut them down before they start rioting.

          • Gollywogs forever!

            That is a lie! The alt right repeatedly said to bring NO weapons. They have been making shields. Here, as in CA, the mad dogs of Antifa ( paid by Soros) are unleashed on their protest, aided and abetted by police.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            Incite violence? Weird, nothing happened on Friday night. But, ANTIFA was passing out fliers prior to the protest, planning violence. And the Gov had the police stand down. If I was being threatened by Antifa, who has used deadly force before, I’d open carry. Yes…shut down the illegal rioters called Antifa. Even reprehensible opinions should be allowed.

          • Gollywogs forever!

            And they are NOT all nazis! To be pro- white is not to be nazi or racist. It’s just taking a stand against being turned into universal whipping boys.
            But “teens” – anything they do is ok.
            Terrible that the car ran into people.

          • Eric the half a troll

            You mean it is terrible that the pro-white, nazi scum murdered and maimed those people. Don’t mince words now.

          • Gollywogs forever!

            I think George Soros and Obama set it up with paid agitators on both sides. There were people genuinely concerned about the stalinist destruction of history, just as there were people concerned about Nazis. But those new nazi flags, still creased? The “Unite the Right” leader who was in Occupy? Paid agitators on both sides, a setup to cause violence and civil division. Antifa get paid and the same facist bastards show up everywhere.

          • Turtles Run

            Terrible that a pro-white thug ran into a crowd.

            Matt Suarez

          • Gollywogs forever!

            Absolutely terrible!

        • Don’t bother engaging with MD Russ. He is a pompous ass and acts this way repeatedly.

          YES Lee WAS ONE OF THE MOST splendid and talented human beings this continent has ever produced.

          Just as MD Russ is one of the most close-minded and rude.

          • MD Russ

            Is that the best you have, Jim? Insults and no logical arguments? And you call me close-minded and rude?

    • Gollywogs forever!

      He was!

    • Turtles Run

      He only fought to preserve slavery at the end of the day. That is his only legacy. Well that and losing.

      • Barry

        Well, if you are ignorant and proud of it, I suppose that is correct.

        • Turtles Run

          If I were ignorant I would be a Trumpanzee.

    • notjohnsmosby

      If he was that talented he wouldn’t have lost the campaign against Grant.

      • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

        Hard to beat a force that had much greater production and a huge immigrant base.

        • notjohnsmosby

          Then he was stupid for fighting a battle he couldn’t win.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            He didn’t have much choice. The Union attacked the Confederacy.

          • notjohnsmosby

            So the garrison at Ft. Sumter fired on Charleston first?

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            Ft. Sumter was the premise. It was blockading a foreign nation’s port. That force was left there to be fired upon. Blockades are acts of war. That is why it is called the War of Northern Aggression.

          • notjohnsmosby

            Ok. Regardless, your side lost. Losers don’t dictate terms to the winners.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            The North seems to be losing now. Jobs, businesses, people, all moving to the south.

            As for Lee, he and Grant became friends.

          • Barry

            I’m pretty sure that he is an American citizen, so the concept of “your side” doesn’t really make much sense. Some Americans support leaving the statues for historical reasons. They are no more on the losing side than you are.

            If we destroyed the statue of every white historical figure who had views that would considered racist today, there wouldn’t be many left, including Lincoln.

  • Chad Davis

    God bless all the police and people working for unity in the streets down there, and please change the hearts and minds of those affiliated with the Neo-Nazis and Antifa.

    • Eric the half a troll

      Simply changing the hearts and minds of the Nazis will do. They are the Right’s problem and they own this violence alone.

      • Gollywogs forever!

        Pro-white is a defensive position, against the “teens” running rampant, BLM, pedos, etc.

        • Eric the half a troll

          Nazi, go home.

          • Gollywogs forever!

            You know what? America is and has been my family’s home sunce 1754.

      • Cam

        Terry McAuliffe owns it, actually. McAuliffe had the political motive to set the stage for violence. And he did so.

        From that decision, from that situation, all else flows. Those two troopers went to work in good faith, unaware that Governor McAuliffe was using them as pawn in political theater.

        And they paid for it with their lives. Of course some of it is on them – they trusted a democrat. Never, never, never trust a democrat. As they found out, it can get you killed.

      • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

        Nazis are socialists. Spencer desires single payer. Kessler was Occupy Democrats and voted for Obama.

        You were saying?

    • Gollywogs forever!

      They are not all neo- nazis!! They are pro- white! Is that even allowed now? It’s all BLM and “Prince George is a gay icon”? That’s normal now.

    • Cam

      Two VSP troopers died because Terry McAuliffe set the stage for violence in Charlottesville, thinking it would benefit democrats politically.

      Isn’t that terrorism against US citizens? At the very least, it’s manslaughter of the troopers.

  • Fredy Burgos

    What was the message of hate that the marchers are trying to highlight?
    What did they actually say?
    I read name calling by the authors of BD but nothing on the actual message. Anyone?

    • Gollywogs forever!

      They said,”jews will not replace us”.
      Ask Melania what that means. Who’s First Ladynow? Ivanka

    • Stephen Spiker

      They chanted “Blood and Soil”, which is well-known Nazi term.
      They chanted “Heil Trump.”
      There were Nazi flags, swastikas, and Nazi salutes.
      There were KKK hoods and flags of white supremacist organizations.
      They marched and chanted, carrying torches.

      Calling a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis by those terms is not “name calling”.

      • Fredy Burgos

        Thank you for the fill in. In the article description of the groups wasn’t just describing the groups but name calling, no different than the miscreants who got a permit and the miscreants who shot down their free speech through violence.

      • mark Jawsz

        I agree with you, Spiker. Some of them clearly are Nazis – which is mind boggling, because Hitler did more to weaken and destroy white European civilization than anyone on the planet, with the possible exception of Josef Stalin. But, they still have a right to assemble and protest the removal of the Lee statue. The police should have done a better job of maintaining order.

    • Sbn

      You’re not this dense. At least one would hope.

      Why do people feel the need to be purposefully obtuse in an attempt to illicit a reaction?

    • Cam

      At the very least, events in Charlottesville are criminal negligence by Terry McAuliffe and his henchmen. Worst, probably manslaughter of the troopers.

      McAuliffe had every motive to set the stage for violence. And he did so.

      This lies squarely on his shoulders. Will the Feds hold him accountable?

  • Gollywogs forever!

    The pro-whites won in court & the mayor’s injunction was overturned. It was not an unlawful assembly.

  • Jerel C. Wilmore

    It’s the Weimar Republic all over again. Right wing criminals receive a slap on the wrist while the state police crack down on protesters from the left.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weimar_Republic

    • Cam

      As a self-proclaimed member of the “Resistance”, Terry McAuliffe had a legitimate political motive to set the stage for violence in Charlottesville.

      And he did so.

      This is pretty clear cut.

    • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

      Really? Because the ANTIFA were there illegally. And they did not get prosecuted. Try again.

  • JWS

    The Governor certainly stood tall today.

    It is ashamed that our president did not.

    • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! oh… you were serious.
      That is just pathetic…..

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • JWS

        My Grandmother was a life-member of the UDC.

        You go away, you Putin-bot.

        • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

          Wow…. you are on a roll. Truly pathetic.

          • JWS

            We will see on November 7th.

            And, I’m gonna help do it for her.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            Great! Go for it. Meanwhile, we’ll put you down as a “yes” for supporting violent leftist thugs.

          • JWS

            Not for Gillespie, Vogel and Adams.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            Right…. like I said… you support violent leftist thugs.

        • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

          Tell me… why didn’t McAwful and Kaine condemn the violence, rioting, and illegal presence of ANTIFA, who came armed with intent to riot?

          Why is he supporting those violent thugs? Why did he tell the police to stand down? He had the National Guard available, but did nothing to prevent this.

          Did he WANT this violence?

          • JWS

            The current Governor’s name is McAullife. There was also Governor Kaine, Governor McDonnell, Governor Warner, Governor Allen, Governor Wilder.

            None have supported violent thugs.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            They are now. They support the Antifa thugs that started the Charlottesville riot and brought weapons, such as nail studded boards, baseball bats, balloons filled with feces and urine, and cement filled bottles. McAwful told the police to stand down. When questioned multiple times if he would condemn the leftwing violence, he refused to do so. Kaine holds the same opinion.

          • JWS

            All I can say from half-way around the world, is that I am coming home.

            And, we will remember in November.

          • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

            Oh noes! You will “remember.” Okay. Don’t care.

        • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

          Underwater Doping Consortium?

  • DJRippert

    Back in the late 1970s neo Nazis regularly marched through Marquette Park in Chicago. Chicago has a large Jewish population and the late 70s were barely 30 years removed from WWII and the Holocaust. There was a great deal of shouting and name calling between the Chicago residents and the vastly outnumbered neo Nazis. However, I recall no violence. The Chicago Police (no shrinking violets) showed up in overwhelming force, strictly controlled the route of the march and protected the worthless Nazis during their arrival, march and departure. Why was a similar approach impossible to achieve in Charlottesville?

    I have as much revulsion for yesterday’s neo Nazis in Charlottesville as I had for their gutless forbearers in late 1970s Chicago. But I’ve got to say that the Chicago approach to law enforcement seemed to work much more effectively. After too many marches the Halloween costumed neo Nazis in Chicago simply became an object of ridicule and they stopped marching.

    What prevented the Commonwealth of Virginia from maintaining an effective buffer between the protesters and the anti-protesters?

    • Cam

      Clearly, Terry McAuliffe had the political motive to set the stage for violence in Charlottesville and he had the opportunity to do so.

      That puts the troopers deaths squarely on McAuliffe’s shoulders. He intended violence to happen because it would play well on media for democrat constituencies of women, blacks, etc.

  • Cam

    At the very least, events in Charlottesville are criminal negligence by Terry McAuliffe and his henchmen. At the worst they’re conspiracy to terrorize United States citizens along with the manslaugter of the two troopers.

  • AKA Malthusian Greed Lover

    Wow…. nothing about the ANTIFA rioters that started it and showed up for combat, armed and armored. Nothing about the stand down orders given to the police. Nothing about the police forcing those PERMITTED protesters into the violent waiting arms of ANTIFA and then standing down.

    BOTH sides were reprehensible. But only one side was there LAWFULLY. And the police were told to not enforce the law.

    Kessler, the founder of Unite the Right, is an Occupy Democrat and Obama voter. Weird how everything he does is to make conservatives look bad.

  • cargosquid

    Just saying a long time no see to SWACgirl

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