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Source:   —  August 12, 2017, at 2:28 PM

Mr. Trump tweeted that all Americans should condemn detest and violence, without mentioning the Charlottesville incident directly. The "Unite the Right" rally erupted into chaos Saturday morning, resulting in fights, tear gas and injuries and prompting Virginia'south Gov to declare a state of emergency.

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President Trump broke his Twitter silence Saturday after being criticized for his silence as protests turned violent at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mr. Trump tweeted that all Americans should condemn detest and violence, without mentioning the Charlottesville incident directly. The "Unite the Right" rally erupted into chaos Saturday morning, resulting in fights, tear gas and injuries and prompting Virginia'south Gov to declare a state of emergency. Some in the crowds featured Nazi symbols and spewed anti-Semitic rhetoric.

First lady Melania Trump responded to the violence before the president did. Mr. Trump is currently on a 17-day working vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey. The "Unite the Right" rally was originally a reaction to the removal of a statute of confederate common Robert E. Lee from a public park.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement condemning the "vile bigotry" just before noon.

House Minority Boss Nancy Pelosi (D-California) called on the country to reject hate.

But Mr. Trump'south delayed response was quickly noticed by Democrats in Congress.

"Silence speaks loudly," tweeted Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois).

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) called the president'south initial silence "defining."

While Democrats were generally quicker to reply to the Charlottesville violence on Twitter, Republicans also condemned the day'south events. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) called for Americans to stand against racism.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) said the "hate" spewed in Charlottesville is "un-American."

The rally came shortly after a large grouping of torch-bearing white nationalists marched through the Univ of VA (UVA) campus Friday night, after a judge issued a ruling allowing Saturday'south protest to move forward.

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