First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to condemn the ‘Unite the Right’ rally organized by white supremacists. Clashes between white supremacists and Antifa prompted Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.
“Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence,” Melania Trump tweeted.
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
Daily Mail UK reports:
Violence erupted and riot police were deployed to extinguish a planned rally where thousands of white nationalists were expected to gather for an alt-right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
At least two people were seriously injured during a destructive clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters at Emancipation Park before the controversial Unite the Right rally, which was called off by the state.
First Lady Melania Trump admonished the day’s outcome, tweeting: ‘Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.’
Hundreds were seen stomping through the city, wearing militia uniforms, waving flags and chanting ‘Blood and Soil’ as they made their way towards the event on Saturday morning.
Counter-protesters flocked to the march in retaliation against the white nationalists neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, screaming: ‘We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!’
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer had denounced the ‘cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights’ and warned for residents to stay away from the rally.