Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say

2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say

Groups have gathered across the nation in solidarity against the violence that occurred at a planned white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Some protesters who came for the "Unite the Right" rally were armed and dressed in military-like clothing, while others wore shirts with Nazi symbols and quotes from Adolf Hitler.

The vehicle slammed into the crowd during a day that saw clashes between those attending a "Unite the Right" rally held in Charlottesville and counter-protesters.

Fellow Republicans Chuck Grassley and Marco Rubio are also calling Trump out, the latter saying that it is "very important for the nation to hear [The President] describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists".

The reality for Trump is that his presidency helped white nationalists gain national attention, with groups drafting off his insurgent candidacy by tying themselves to the President and everything he stood for.

Two dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia
In total, more than three-dozen people were injured, officials said, including in the auto crash and individual altercations. Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the rally in Charlottesville .

President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to the troopers' families earlier Saturday.

"Go home", he said. President Donald Trump tweeted "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

University President Teresa A. Sullivan, "strongly condemned the demonstration", the statement said, adding that the "intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protesters was wrong".

He said in an interview: "This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do".

By virtue of his words, policies and embrace of "alt-right" supporters, many said Trump couldn't provide the moral leadership needed in times of racial strife.

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Among the questions he ignored Saturday was, "Do you want the support of these white nationalists?"

Participants held tiki torches and marched across the campus to the Thomas Jefferson statue, where they were met with counter-protesters, and physical fights broke out. We're renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker.

A police helicopter that was reportedly monitoring the protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has crashed in a wooded area.

The president should remember that "white Americans" put him in the White House, Duke wrote. "Let's come together as one!" According to official figures, more than ten people were injured.

"Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today effective at noon", the university said.

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"Sometimes, there are people trying to sound self-righteous when really, the president made it extremely clear - all of us condemn this horrifying tragedy", Franks said.

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