Charlottesville Mayor, Va. Gov. Call Out White Supremacists
'You go home, you stay out of here, because we are a commonwealth that stays together'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2017 5:29 PM CDT
A makeshift memorial of flowers and a photo of victim, Heather Heyer, sits in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Charlottesville's mayor and Virginia's governor are speaking out in the wake of the white supremacist rally and ensuing attack that killed a counter-protester:

  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke during Sunday services at Charlottesville's Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, reports Time. He called the white supremacists "dividers," but told them they failed: "I'll tell you this: You only made us stronger. You go home, you stay out of here, because we are a commonwealth that stays together."

  • McAuliffe also gave an impromptu interview before that address, the New York Times reports. He called the attack on counter-protesters "car terrorism" and said of the suspect, "You can’t stop some crazy guy who came here from Ohio and used his car as a weapon. He is a terrorist."
  • Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer gave two interviews Sunday, the Week reports. During his appearance on CBS, Signer said President Trump decided during his presidential campaign to "go right to the gutter, to play on our worst prejudices. And I think you are seeing a direct line from what happened here this weekend to those choices."
  • He spoke along those same lines on CNN: "Look at the intentional courting" Trump did during the campaign, he said. "On the one hand, all of these white supremacist, white nationalist groups like that, anti-Semitic groups, and then look on the other hand the repeated failure to step up and condemn, denounce, silence, put to bed, all of those different efforts just like we saw yesterday, and this is not hard."

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