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President Trump calls for condemnation of hate following violent rally in Virginia

First lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the opioid crisis, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both spoken out against violent clashes resulting from the White Nationalist rally and resulting protests in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday.

"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for," Trump tweeted.

"There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let's come together as one!"

The first lady acknowledged that America "encourages freedom of speech" asking that people communicate without hate in their hearts.

The white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally brought hundreds to Charlottesville both to support and oppose the rally for the local Robert E. Lee statue. Police say at least two people were seriously injured during the rally and CNN, the Associated Press and the Washington Post reported multiple fights breaking out.


A State of Emergency was declared in the area Saturday.

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