Shortly after, a Virginia State Police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper. Our message is plain and simple: "Go home", the Democratic governor said. He said he was saddened that people were hurt.
The incident occurred after clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters subsided a bit.
"On behalf of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and County staff, I would like to offer honest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the victims of the violence that occurred in our community today", said Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
Trump, who frequently blasted former President Obama for not saying "radical Islamic terrorism", did not say white supremacists in his statement. At least one person was killed while 26 others were injured.
On Saturday, more white supremacists, white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis gathered for a "Unite the Right" rally in downtown Charlottesville's Emancipation Park, in order to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The helicopter went down close to where right-wing groups and counter-protesters converged Friday night and Saturday.
After violence caused authorities to stop a white nationalist rally before it began Saturday, a driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of protesters.
"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for", the president stated on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. Police took a man into custody as the subject of a homicide investigation, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said.
His words came after it was confirmed that three people had died as a result of the violence and dozens had been injured.
Suspect James Alex Fields Jr, 20, of Maumee, Ohio was being held on suspicion of murder in connection with the crash.
He praised Trump for condemning the violence but criticized him for not specifically condemning the white supremacist movement.