GOP senator rips Trump over Charlottesville statement: 'Call evil by its name'


The president's statement condemned hatred, bigotry, and violence on "many sides", but did not mention what some politicians have called the "alt-right movement" in his remarks in a televised statement.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, also issued a tweet denouncing the violence.

"Today's attack is not the results of 'many sides' - it's an act of domestic terrorism".

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

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

"Praying for those hurt & killed today in Charlottesville", he also wrote.

Gardner, the Republican senator from Colorado, in a series of tweets called on Trump to specifically denounce the violence of the white supremacists.

"We have to come together with love for our nation and true affection for each other", the president said.

One person was killed and nineteen were injured after someone drove their vehicle into a crowd during the chaos, which was between white nationalist protesters and other counter protesters.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to, "aid state response to violence".

Earlier Saturday, Trump denounced the violence on Twitter. "This is nothing short of domestic terrorism & should be named as such". "Let's come together as one!" Marco Rubio, a prominent Republican from Florida who lost when he ran against Trump during the 2016 primaries for president, also called on the president to do more to condemn white nationalists.

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special. "@POTUS should explicitly denounce white supremacy", said Democratic Sen.

White nationalists have continually targeted Charlottesville, and the decision reached in May to remove the statute by city leaders was temporarily stopped by a judge - galvanizing the far right.

Trump is calling for "a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives". 9NEWS will update it with more information as it becomes available.