The driver of the car was later arrested by police. After the white nationalists rally in a city park in Charlottesville, counter protesters had gathered. Counter-protesters, including members of Black Lives Matter, showed up and things quickly turned violent. Michael Bennet, reacting to Trump's remarks about the violence in Virginia.
Shortly after Gardner's tweets, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, took to Twitter to decry the attacks.
"President - we must call evil by its name", Gardner said in one tweet after the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism". They are telling Trump that he needs to call today's events for what they are: an act of domestic terrorism by white supremacists and white nationalists.
"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville", he also wrote. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, once declared that his former news site, Breitbart, was "the platform for the alt-right".
"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".
Gardner condemned the violence, stating, "The hate being spewed in Virginia has no place in this country. America we are better than this". Embrace inclusion, celebrate differences-that's the America we believe in.
Trump has tweeted that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". "It has no place in America". "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 have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other".
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".
The events in Virginia prompted the governor there, Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, to declare a state of emergency.
"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.
Charlottesville is a progressive college town where 80 percent of the voters went for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the previous election.
The most prominent politicians in the state issued their statements and feelings regarding the attack via Twitter. 9NEWS will update it with more information as it becomes available.
This story continues to develop.
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