August 12, 2017 2:53 pm
Updated: August 12, 2017 5:02 pm

Donald Trump condemns ‘hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides’ after Charlottesville protest

U.S. President Donald Trump calls for "swift restoration of law and order" after violent clashes in Charlottesville.

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned violence that erupted between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course.

Violence erupted between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators over the fate of a monument that honors a hero of the Civil War that ended slavery. One person was killed.

Earlier in the afternoon, Trump issued a pair of tweets which also appeared to address the situation.

“We must ALL be united & condemn all that hate stands for,” Trump wrote in a Twitter message. “There is no place for this kind of violence in America.”

Trump later added.

Officials had approved the protest march in downtown Charlottesville but cancelled the event and declared a state of emergency after outbreaks of violence.

Following Trump’s original message, Vice President Mike Pence said he was standing with Trump against “hate & violence”.

Trump’s wife Melania also issued a tweet on the violence in Charlottesville.

With files from Global News’ Kevin Nielsen

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