LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday issued a statement about the violent white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At least three people were killed.
One person was killed and a dozen injured when a white supremacist sympathizer — in custody — intentionally drove into a crowd of counter protesters. Two officials were killed in a helicopter crash near the protest.
“The shocking violence in Charlottesville — and the abhorrent ideology behind it — have no place in America or anywhere in the world,” Garcettil wrote. “Angelenos and people everywhere condemn these acts of hatred, and are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries suffered today. We stand with Mayor Signer and everyone in his city with hope and prayers for peace to be restored.”
Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe (D), told the white supremacists to leave his state during a televised press conference.
“I have a message to the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots.”
President Trump angered many (most notably CNN’s Ana Navarro when he suggested today’s violence was the result of “many sides.”
The “many sides” comment, in her opinion, was “pathetic” and “sorely lacking moral clarity and force.”
California Senator Dianne Feinstein also condemned the violence and supremacy groups.
“Violent acts of hate and bigotry have no place in America. The attacks we are witnessing in Charlottesville are completely unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue, Violence like this will solve nothing and will only beget more violence and sow more division.”
KCAL 9’s Laurie Perez spoke to civil rights activists — some with Black Lives Matter — in Los Angeles.
Many were sickened by the violent images coming out of Charlottesville. Some warned these incidents could play out in other places.
Social critic Jasmyne Cannick points to Washington.
“They may not be angry about healthcare. They may be angry about immigration. They may be angry about the fact they can’t find a job. Or they have a job and they can’t make a living wage and pay their rent. But people are frustrated coast-to-coast,” Cannick says.