Car Hits Pedestrians At White Nationalist Protests In Virginia

One person is reported dead amid violent protests in Charlottesville. Virginia State Police are on the scene of a car crash involving a crowd of protestors near a downtown mall in Charlottesville. 

The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, says he's "heartbroken that a life has been lost" on Twitter. 

The crash happened amid violent clashes during a white nationalist protest and rally in Emancipation Park.  Violence erupted as groups waving Confederate flags, neo-Nazis and members of the so-called alt-right movement began trading punches and throwing bottles at counter-protestors.   

Speaking at his golf resort in New Jersey, President Trump condemned the attacks and called it an egregious display of hatred and violence "on many sides." He noted that it has been going on for a "long, long time."  Trump called for a "swift restoration of law and order." 

The President said Americans "must love each other, respect each other and cherish" the nation's history.  He noted that it is time to "heal the wounds" of the U.S.  Trump is vacationing at his golf resort in Bedminster.  He made his comments before signing a bill aimed at helping veterans.  Trump did not answer questions from reporters at the signing ceremony.  

Earlier, Trump weighed in on Twitter on today's violence in Charlottesville.

Other Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and First Lady Melania Trump also took to Twitter condemning today's violence.  

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to help restore order in Emancipation Park, the site of violent protests over the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. 

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