NC politicians react to violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Vigils and rallies are taking place around the country to condemn that white supremacist group.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Politicians and elected leaders in North Carolina weighed in after a series of violence and unrest took place in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

One person died and 19 others were injured Saturday after a car crashed into a crowd of peaceful protesters leaving a "Unite the Right" rally that officials had shut down. The planned rally was shut down after violence began breaking out between alt-right demonstrators, counter-protestors, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and supporters of Black Lives Matter, USA TODAY reports.

Few hours after the incident, a helicopter crashed near the site of the planned rally, killing two people. Officials said their deaths were linked to the violent white-nationalist rally.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts tweeted Saturday afternoon, expressing her disapproval toward hate speech.

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis tweeted that the display of "hate, bigotry and violence" that took place in Charlotteville was far from how our country should be represented.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx also condemned the display of violence and bigotry in Charlottesville. Foxx, who represents the Fifth District of North Carolina, said she also condemned these acts of act.

Attorney General of North Carolina Josh Stein called for prayers after hearing that three people lost their lives on Saturday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called Saturday's series of violence a "tragedy," and added that it has "no place in our society." Like Roberts, he also called for people to value diversity.

 

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