The impact hurled people into the air. Every single one of you needs to turn on the news and watch all of the insecure, angry white men running around in the middle of the night screaming slurs like frat boys at happy hour who never passed a fire safety class. The auto had an OH license plate and the driver was arrested.
But at no point did Trump mention white supremacists, white nationalists or groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, whose participation in the event and inflammatory rhetoric precipitated numerous violent skirmishes before the fatal auto collision.
Trump, on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, had meant to speak briefly at a ceremony marking the signing of bipartisan legislation to aid veterans, but he quickly found that those plans were overtaken by the escalating violence in the Virginia college town. At least eight were injured and one arrested in connection.
Alt-right glassjaw Richard Spencer, who was at the rally Saturday, also went after the president, tweeting that Trump had praised police who "cracked down on peacefully and lawfully assembled demonstrators".
"We expect from our president not mollifying words of appeasement", former NAACP president Cornell Brooks said on CNN.
Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally in Charlottesville.
The auto ran into a group of people protesting against the white supremacist march, and the driver has been arrested, according to eye-witnesses said.
Mr Trump also stopped short of attacking the white supremacist groups in his tweets or in his public comments.
Trump said that he spoke with Virginia governor Terry McAulliffe and said they agreed that the hate and division displayed in the city had to stop.
Others brandished Confederate flags, today considered a symbol of racism by many Americans.
Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene.
A member of white nationalists is seen with injuries following a clash with counter protesters. The city council voted for the removal in April, but it is pending litigation.
"Virginia is the birthplace of the rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly that make our country great", McAuliffe said.
Mayor Michael Signer confirmed the fatality on Twitter, urging "all people of good will" to return home.
Police used megaphones to order protesters out of the park. A group called the Monument Fund filed a lawsuit arguing that removing the statue would violate a state law governing war memorials.
By late afternoon, the death toll had climbed to three, a city official said.