Democrats urge Trump to condemn Charlottesville violence
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Democratic lawmakers urged President Trump to condemn a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday that prompted clashes between various groups of demonstrators and police. The president did not immediately respond to the violence following the state's governor declaring it an emergency. 


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) tweeted on Saturday that Trump needs to break his silence on Saturday's rally.

Schumer urged Trump to "immediately" speak out.

Cohen compared the protest, which was originally prompted by opposition to the removal of a Confederate statue in the town, to "1930s Germany." Some protesters wore Nazi symbols to the event.

Charlottesville alt.right gathering is reminiscent of 1930's Germany and the President needs to condemn it.Make America great; Speak out !

First lady Melania Trump responded Saturday, urging Americans to communicate "w/o hate in our hearts." The White House did not immediately release a statement.

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville

Trump's Twitter account, typically active on Saturday mornings, remained quiet until about an hour after the state of emergency was declared.

 -This post was updated at 1:23 p.m.