A helicopter crash that killed the pilot and a passenger later in the afternoon outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police, though officials did not elaborate on how the crash was connected.
A silver Dodge Charger plowed into a crowd of people and other cars, killing one and injuring more than a dozen people. The driver was subsequently arrested, and the incident is now being treated as a "criminal homicide". A video showed some people encouraging fights and others using pepper spray against each other.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years publicly questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship.
"Trump rejected that notion and talked about violence 'from many sides, '" another Stormfront commenter replid.
In what has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades, thousands of white nationalists, alt-righters, and white supremacists have gathered in the Virginia college town.
The White House, according to press pool reports, has been in contact today with the Virginia governor's office and has spoken with Gov. Terry McAuliffe's chief of staff. Tom Bossert, Trump's homeland security adviser, has been in contact with local authorities.
She says the attack was a reminder that evil still existed in the world but she remained confident Americans would be united.
Very soon after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, Trump tweeted that he was "right on radical Islamic terrorism".
Trump's remarks came soon after the mayor of Charlottesville tweeted that one person had died as a result of the protests.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump told reporters at a news conference at his gold resort in New Jersey where he is now on a working summer vacation.
Following Trump's comments, a number of people took to social media to point out that the president has been vocally tougher on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a number of other people than what he has been on white supremacists and neo-nazi groups.
The president's silence had been noticeable Friday night, as a few hundred tiki torch-bearing white supremacists - mostly young men - paraded through the University of Virginia campus while chanting racist taunts and flaunting Nazi paraphernalia. Lets come together as one!
Demonstrators in the Bay Area are planning to gather in Oakland on Saturday in response to a violent and deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He said he loves us all. When pressed on what exactly the president saw or heard from the counterprotesters that was bigoted or hateful, the spokesman did not respond.
Signer, the Charlottesville mayor, said he blamed Trump for inflaming racial prejudices during the 2016 presidential campaign.