Trump on Charlottesville: We Have to Respect and Ideally Love Each Other
President Trump stated that the violent displays by white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA make him "very, very sad."
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides," the president said.
The president said that while hatred and violence erupt in Virginia there are "so many incredibly great things happening in our country," such as economic growth.
"So when I watch Charlottesville to me it's very, very sad."
"We have to respect each other," he said. "Ideally we have to love each other."
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency this morning after the "Unite the Right" rally spiraled into rioting.
Trump said he and McAuliffe spoke on the phone and agreed that the "hate and division must stop and must stop right now."
The chief executive called for a "swift restoration of law and order" in Virginia.
"It's been going on for a long time in our country," he continued. "Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."
"We want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it," Trump said. "And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen."
"We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and really and I say this so strongly, with true affection for each other."