Violence, racism, xenophobia and homophobia took over Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend.
Huffington Post reporter Christopher Mathias released a clip of a group waving Confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia, chanting the phrase “Fuck you faggots.”
The “Unite the Right” rally took place at Emancipation Park, where white supremacists and armed right-wing groups protested the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army.
The Ku Klux Klan, reported organizers the march, were “outraged” the city wanted to distance itself from the Confederacy. In addition to homophobic slurs, the groups also chanted the Nazi phrase “Blood and soil!” as well as “White lives matter!”
In response to the events in Charlottesville, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis spoke out.
“GLAAD and countless LGBTQ Americans stand firmly together with other marginalized communities to denounce these disgusting threats and cowardly fear tactics,” she told Variety. “To the young Americans in Charlottesville who are LGBTQ or people of color: You are loved and you are perfect the way you are.”
Black Lives Matter counter-protesters were also present and met violently. One person was killed and at least 35 others were injured from a driver plowing his car into a counter-demonstration, The Huffington Post reports. Two troopers were also killed after their Virginia State Police helicopter crashed.
THP also reported violence involving flagpoles and bats as well as fist-fighting and the use of chemical sprays. Reporters were covered in raw sewage.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. “Our message is plain and simple: Go home,” he said in a message to the supremacists. “Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots.”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened a federal investigation with the support of the Justice Department.
“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” he said in a statement. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”
President Trump initially refused to call out the white supremacists by name after the violence erupted instead saying "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
After mounting pressure from both the the left and right he held a second press conference Monday.
"Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he said.
Earlier in the day Ken Frazier, the CEO of Merck Pharma, one of the nation's top black CEOs, resigned from Trump's manufacturing council over his failure to condemn white supremacists.
Trump took time this morning to attack Frazier via Ttwitter: "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES.”