Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President of the United States, has publicly condemned the abhorrent racism before the death of three people in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend – a statement which her father failed to make.
On Saturday, hundreds of white nationalists gathered at a ‘Unite the Right’ rally, to protest the decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. White supremacists shouted “Heil Trump” and gave Nazi salutes within view of rival protesters.
— Adam Greenberg (@pragmactivist) August 13, 2017
After hours of clashes between white nationalists and their counter-protesters, a state of emergency was declared.
It was then that a silver sedan, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields jnr, a 20-year-old white supremacist, ploughed into the counter-protesters, killing one and injuring at least 33 others.
Two Virginia State Patrol troopers also died in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville on their way to help control the rally, CNN reports.
You can read more about the Charlottesville protests, here.
In a statement, President Donald Trump blamed “many sides” for the violent clash, failing to disavow the blatant racism that underpinned the rally, or that a white supremacist was responsible for the act of violence.