Katie Couric has reported that two of her producers were sprayed with urine Saturday, as they were on scene in Charlottesville, Va. to cover the “Unite the Right” rally in the city.
According to reports, fights broke out at the rally as attendees debated the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Virginia park. As debates turned into loud and angry arguments, protesters and counter-protesters yelled and screamed at each another, physically brawled, threw water bottles and sprayed tear gas at one another.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, called in National Guard members. He further encouraged Virginians to stay away from Saturday’s event, saying that it would be easier if “Virginians, no matter how well-meaning, elect to stay away from the areas where this rally will take place.”
Although police later cancelled the rally, the attendees continued to spread their message as they marched through town.
News agencies covering the rally and violence included Couric’s team. Couric tweeted about the urine incident and her frustration. She tweeted: “Two of my producers just got sprayed with urine. Lovely. Hard to keep your cool.”
Two of my producers just got sprayed with urine. Lovely. Hard to keep your cool.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) August 12, 2017
President Trump responded to the violence at the rally Saturday morning.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” President Trump wrote in a Twitter post.
Later Saturday afternoon, a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people, mowing them down, injuring 19 and killing one person.
Pictures from the event can be seen below.
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