|Photo: Steve Helber, AP|
Disturbances that began Friday night during a march through the University of Virginia escalated Saturday with clashes between
white nationalists and counter-protesters, leading the governor to declare a state of emergency and police to order people to disperse.
Trump, while on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for." He also said "there is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"
The White House was silent for hours except for a tweet from first lady Melania Trump: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts."
Charlottesville's mayor, Michael Signer, blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign last year.
"I'm not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., took to Twitter to denounce the scene.