Following a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, where demonstrators clashed with counterprotesters over a statue of Robert E. Lee that the city was planning to remove, sentiment has poured in across the country.
“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” said Vice President Mike Pence from Cartagena, Colombia. “These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”
During the melee, a 32-year-old woman was killed by a neo-Nazi sympathizer in a car, which also injured 19 others. Two police officers also lost their lives in a helicopter crash. President Trump condemned the violence, condemning bigotry in every form.
On Sunday, party organizer Jason Kessler was run out of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall by protesters crying “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and “Murderer!”
Late Sunday, Pastor Franklin Graham spoke out against the violent actions of the Unite the Right demonstrators: “I denounce bigotry & racism of every form. I pray our nation will come together. Our answers lie in turning to God.”
Graham also shamed the politicians who have criticized President Trump over his choice of words following the Charlottesville incident. Some have said Trump has not gone far enough in specifying groups responsible for the attacks, described now as an act of domestic terrorism.
Graham said, “Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on [President] Trump for what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
President Trump issued his strong condemnation of the August 12 violence on Sunday, August 13. Please pray for the healing of our nation, that we can come together, one nation under God. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.