Donald Trump needs to clearly denounce white supremacists in Charlottesville — Marco Rubio

Image People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters

Image People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters

After a rash of violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, overnight Friday into Saturday, culminating in numerous brawls and a car ramming into a crowd of people, U.S. Sen. They've defended Trump in the past.

But the president did not attack the white nationalists groups that organized the initial rally over the removal of a Confederate general's statute from a Charlottesville park. Counter-protesters, including members of Black Lives Matter, showed up and things quickly turned violent.

"It's been going on for a long time in our country".

He also tweeted condolences to the three killed in the riots.

Gardner and other Colorado politicians, including U.S. Sen.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, also issued a tweet denouncing the violence. "The President's words only serve to offer cover for heinous acts".

President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.

"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville". His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, once declared that his former news site, Breitbart, was "the platform for the alt-right". It's deeply disturbing and un-American. "America we are better than this".

The events in VA are contrary to all we stand for as a country.

Trump condemns violence in Charlottesville protests
The male driver has been taken into custody and police were treating the incident as a "criminal homicide", he said . Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia declared a state of emergency when the groups clashed late Saturday morning.

For context, keep in mind that these are not back-bench Republicans.

"Evil, no matter its face, must be condemned", he tweeted. "Now is a time to come together", he said.

Trump earlier on Saturday had not specifically criticized the white nationalist rally and its neo-Nazi slogans.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this display of egregious violence on many sides", Mr. Trump said in his remarks. The heirs of that revolution fought a Civil War to save our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to that revolutionary proposition.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. He also offered a call for unity among Americans of "all races, creeds and colors".

"I want to urge my fellow Virginians who may consider joining either in support or opposition to the planned rally to make alternative plans", he said. In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate.

Charlottesville is a progressive college town where 80 percent of the voters went for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the previous election. 9NEWS will update it with more information as it becomes available.

This story continues to develop.