Ex-Congressman John Dingell’s response to Charlottesville goes viral

Violence broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, as groups including the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and neo-Nazis met at a “Unite the Right” event and clashed with counter-demonstrators.

Plenty of emotion was shared on social media Saturday after the incident.

Among those tweeting was former Michigan Congressman John Dingell – and he went viral with what he had to say.

As one of Twitter’s well-known “power users,” the 91-year-old Dingell is usually known for making comedic remarks about things, from death rumors to Detroit sports. But he had something profound to say about what was taking place Charlottesville.

“I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to,” he tweeted. “Hatred, bigotry, & fascism should have no place in this country.”

His tweet has been retweeted more than 220,000 times and “liked” more than 640,000 times as of Sunday afternoon.

Graphic video: A bystander captures the moment a car slams into a crowd at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Quick to condemn the incident was also Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as pressure continues to mount on U.S. President Donald Trump to specifically criticize the actions of white nationalist groups.

A car crashed into a group of demonstrators Saturday in Charlottesville, killing at least one person and injuring 19, as white supremacists and counter protesters clashed in the streets.

Early in the day, violence had broken out as the groups that planned the “Unite the Right” rally were met with counter protesters. After the rally, a car plowed into a crowd and a state police helicopter crashed outside the city.

A 32-year-old woman was killed in the car crash, officials said.

Thirty-five people were injured in clashes between opposing groups and in the car crash. At least nineteen were injured in the crash alone. Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said the injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.

The driver has been taken into custody, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said. Albermarle County Regional Jail officials identified the suspect as 20-year-old Alex Fields, of Ohio.

Thomas said the driver will be charged with criminal homicide.

White supremacist, alt-right, neo-Nazi and pro-Confederate groups were protesting the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park.

One of the main organizers was right-wing blogger Jason Kessler, who filed a lawsuit against the city. Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer opposed holding the rally near the Lee monument.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad ruled that the groups could hold hold the rally in the park.

Matthew Heimbach, an Indiana resident who has risen to prominence in the white nationalist movement, was also a key figure. Heimbach ordered his followers to push down the metal police barricades that cut the park into separate zones

What was President Trump’s response?

President Trump denounced the violence, declaring that the “hatred and division must stop.”

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of violence and bigotry on many sides,” he added.

He also tweeted condolences to the families of those killed after the rally.

Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You’re all among the best this nation produces.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Trump made his comments while also announcing his intention to sign a new Veterans Affairs bill.

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