They clashed with counterprotesters, culminating on Saturday with a man ramming a auto through the counterprotesters. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama.
By Saturday afternoon, the governor of Virginia had declared a state of emergency.
Nevertheless, Scaramucci also indicated that this White House faces broader problems than a single adviser. On the Democrat side, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY said "of course we condemn ALL that hate stands for". He just said the nation should come together.
Trump's response was criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle for failing to name white supremacist or alt-right groups involved in the protests. Duke told reporters that the white nationalists were working to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump". They rallied behind his promises to build a wall on the southern border, reduce the number of foreigners allowed into the country and pressure everyone in the country to speak English and say "Merry Christmas".
Mr. Scaramucci, a NY hedge fund executive, blamed the influence of Mr. Trump's embattled chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who ran Breitbart News, a website that attracted a substantial following among white nationalists.
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But so did the lone Gujarat lawmaker from the Bihar Chief Minister's party , which meant he defied his boss' instructions. This is a Congress propaganda to project the NCP as a B-team of the BJP, he also said.
Mr Trump condemned violence by "many sides" - but stopped short of explicitly condemning the far-right.
Mark Herring, attorney general of Charlottesville, tweeted: "The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of "many sides". Counter-protesters massed in opposition. When pressed on what exactly the president saw or heard from the counter-protesters that was bigoted or hateful, the spokesman did not respond. The previous day, Trump tweeted condolences to those officers soon after the helicopter crashed. He then asked Mr. Bossert: "Are you at least willing to concede that the president was not clear enough in condemning white supremacy?" He didn't mention the vehicle that had driven into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville - a tactic that has been repeatedly used by Islamic State terrorists.
Other Republicans took a completely different approach.
"To the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who came to our lovely state yesterday, there is no place for you here in Charlottesville and there is no place for you in the United States of America", McAuliffe said to applause, addressing the predominately African-American congregation at the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church. Added Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: "Nothing patriotic about #Nazis, the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be".
But there was strong reaction to Trump's refusal to denounce far-right extremists who had marched through the streets carrying flaming torches, screaming racial epithets and setting upon their opponents. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, says that the president "must call evil by its name". "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home".