Following a day of violence and death in Charlottesville, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe held a press conference with city officials, condemning the hatred and violence of the past 24 hours.
“We know of three fatalities today, in addition to many individuals who have been hurt,” McAuliffe said.
One person was killed in Charlottesville when a vehicle intentionally sped into a crowd of people marching in the streets. Additionally, two Virginia State Police troopers were killed when their helicopter crashed into the woods near Charlottesville around 5 p.m. ET.
McAuliffe thanked the law enforcement officials, first responders, the state police, the National Guard, and the clergy, who all provided their services.
“I have a message to all the white supremacists and the nazis who came into Charlottesville today… our message is plain and simple: go home! You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that your are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot,” he said.
“You want to talk about patriots… talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our country together. Think about the patriots today, the young men and women, who are wearing the cloth of our country. Somewhere around the globe, they are putting their lives in danger. They are patriots. You are not. You came here to today to hurt people, and you did hurt people. My message is clear, we are stronger than you. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here, there is no place for you in America. We work here today to bring people together, to unify folks,” McAuliffe said.
“Go home, and never come back. Take your hatred and your bigotry,” he continued.
He said he told the president, “There has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together. The hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and intensified over the last couple months is dividing this great nation.”
In a direct attack on President Trump, as if it was all Trump’s fault, McAuliffe said he told President Trump twice, “I’m willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together. But stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country, we have got to bring people together.”
He commended the “courageous college students” who surrounded the statue of Thomas Jefferson Friday night, to protect the statue, but failed to reference the city council’s decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, which caused all the protests to begin with.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe: I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville: “Go home… Shame on you”
— Teddy Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) August 12, 2017
Charlottesville police chief says violence was “premeditated,” suspect is in custody https://t.co/rtTBkVpHdc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
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