Alt-right white nationalist David Duke attacked both President Trump and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe after white nationalists turned violent at a Virginia rally Saturday.
KKK members and alt-right activists conglomerated and eventually rioted against counter-protesters and police at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA Saturday morning. The “Unite the Right” rally was to protest the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city.
Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after violence broke out.
Former Louisiana congressman Duke attacked McAuliffe, saying the governor “used his authority to shut down our free speech because of his personal opinions.”
Duke called the white nationalists’ opponents “scum” and went on to accuse the Virginia police of treating them unfairly.
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The alt-right leader attacked President Trump’s condemnation of the violence by the white nationalist protesters, claiming his group was nothing but peaceful.
Duke’s rant did not stop the president from condemning “in the strongest terms” the violence in Charlottesville later on Saturday at a press conference.
“When I watch Charlottesville to me it’s very, very sad,” the chief executive said. “We have to respect each other,” he said. “Ideally we have to love each other.”