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Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.


Mnuchin tells Yale classmates: Trump does not equate neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Urged by his Yale University classmates to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump "in no way, shape or form" equates neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters.


Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says stand up, isolate hate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told staff in an email - seen by Reuters on Friday - that everyone must stand up and condemn hate, as President Donald Trump faces a backlash for his response to violence at a protest by white nationalists.

'White supremacists by default': How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible

Blame President Trump for his tepid moral response. Call the neo-Nazis and white nationalists thugs. Fill your Facebook and Twitter accounts with moral outrage.

Close, Chuck

16 Members of White House Arts Committee Resign to Protest Trump

Artists, authors, performers and others stepped down from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities after Mr. Trump’s remarks about white nationalists.

Why do you hate me? A brown woman talks to a former white nationalist

Everybody's writing about white nationalists. But nobody's asking them the things I really want to know, as a woman of color and a mom of two kids. I reached out to Arno Michaelis, a former activist in the white power movement, to better understand how their world might affect mine. He is the author of "My Life After Hate" and details his journey in this CNN Opinion piece. Our phone conversation, lightly edited for flow, is below.


Tillerson denounces racism in wake of Trump's Charlottesville comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. President Donald Trump increasingly isolated over his response to white nationalist violence in Virginia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a broad condemnation of racism on Friday and promised to make his department more racially diverse.


U.S. rights group rethinks defending hate groups protesting with guns: WSJ

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, a policy change that comes on the heels of protests by white nationalists and counter-protesters over the weekend in Virginia.

Fringe Groups and Movements

‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right

Recent events in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters, have brought new attention to a coalition of radicals unafraid to scuffle with right-wing extremists.


Trump abandons plan to create infrastructure council: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, after he scrapped two other advisory groups led by corporate CEOs following his controversial remarks on white nationalists.

United States Politics and Government

Pelosi Calls for Confederate Statues to Be Removed from Capitol

After the violent white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend, Representative Nancy Pelosi urged the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol.


UPDATE 2-Trump defends monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy

BRIDGEWATER, N.J/WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dug in defiantly on Thursday in his response to racial violence in Virginia, echoing the position of white nationalists by intensifying his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy.

The striking similarities between the KKK and Islamist jihadis

The white nationalists and KKK members who marched on Charlottesville Saturday have a great deal in common with a separate group they would never lock arms with -- jihadis, writes Jim Sciutto


Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend.

Reporter: Protesters were organized

Elle Reeve of Vice News talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about her experience on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally that has sparked national outrage.

Hear 'white advocate' and Trump make similar statements

CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin spoke with a leader in the white nationalist movement and found striking similarities to the arguments the President himself presented.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.

President Trump was abandoned by executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalists.

Antifa? White nationalist? A glossary for today's political climate

If you're not sure how heated our current political climate is, just look at the top searches on Merriam-Webster:

Cupp: Wow, does Trump have an awful opinion of his own voters

Criticized by conservatives and liberals, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and virtually everyone in between, President Donald Trump is finding few defenders of his own renewed defense of white nationalist protesters who turned violent on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville victim's mom has a message to white nationalists

Heather Heyer once posted on Facebook an anonymous quote that resonated after her violent death:


Backlash against Trump intensifies after his comments on Virginia violence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain sharply rebuked the U.S. president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville.

Pay attention, mom says, and don't look the other way

Heather Heyer's mother Susan Bro tells the white nationalists her daughter died protesting that their actions only served to magnify her.


Tears and tributes at Virginia memorial for rally violence victim

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - With tears and tributes, hundreds of purple-clad residents packed an historic Charlottesville theater to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators.


Virginia city holds memorial service for woman killed in violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville was being remembered on Wednesday at a memorial service in this southern U.S. college town.

My uncle was radicalized like ISIS, nephew says

Jacob Scott, the nephew of Peter Tefft, a white nationalist who demonstrated in Charlottesville, talks to CNN about Tefft's online radicalization.


Confederate monuments removed in Baltimore: media

(Reuters) - Work crews took down Confederate monuments in Baltimore overnight into Wednesday, days after white nationalists led a deadly protest over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Baltimore removes Confederate statues overnight

Baltimore removed at least two Confederate statues early Wednesday after a white nationalist rally to protect monuments turned deadly in Virginia over the weekend.

Jan Brewer dismisses outrage over comments as 'sour grapes'

During "CNN Tonight" with Don Lemon, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and commentator Ana Navarro spar over comments President Donald Trump made during his press conference regarding the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

2 Sisters in Charlottesville Sue Far-Right Leaders Over Car Attack

The lawsuit names 28 defendants, including the man suspected to be the driver and organizers of the white nationalist rally.

Charlottesville: hate crimes are public health issue

As a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, doctors and public health leaders were among those watching events unfold on their television screens and social media.

Trump touts winery when talking Charlottesville

When asked by a reporter if he had any plans to visit Charlottesville, Virginia, after the unrest that erupted following protests by white nationalists, President Trump touted the winery and home he owns in the city.

Watch the full question and answer session

President Donald Trump laid blame for the violence in Charlottesville with alt-left groups in addition to white nationalist groups as he defended his original statements made in the wake of the violence.


Trump says both left- and right-wing groups to blame in Virginia clashes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday said both sides were to blame in the clashes in Virginia over the weekend, adding that protesters on the political left violently attacked white nationalists rallying against a decision to remove a Confederate statue.

White nationalists are planning 9 rallies nationwide this weekend

Major cities across the country are bracing for a wave of white nationalist rallies in the coming days.

7 charts that explain hate groups in the US

White nationalist and neo-Nazi hate groups have made headlines over the last two days for the violent clashes in Virginia on Saturday, but what does their influence look like outside of Charlottesville?

Author: White nationalists more than 'slack-jawed yokels'

JD Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," says white nationalism isn't just a problem for the poor and working class.

Late night tackles Trump on Charlottesville

Late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert criticize President Trump's response to white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

How the Violence Unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia

White nationalists and counterprotesters blamed each other and the police for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Amateur video verified by The New York Times paints a picture of how the events led to one death and multiple injuries.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Police Brace for More White Nationalist Rallies, but Have Few Options

Protesters with guns make for a volatile situation. But the police can do little more than keep enemies apart and take careful note of their mood.

Twitter users are outing demonstrators

An online crowdsourcing campaign is underway to identify demonstrators who attended white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

He's using Twitter to out rally demonstrators

CNN's Brooke Baldwin speaks with Logan Smith, who uses Twitter account '@YesYoureRacist' to ask people on social media to identify white nationalist rally attendees who appear in news photos.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Amateur Sleuths Aim to Identify Charlottesville Marchers, but Sometimes Misfire

An Arkansas professor 1,100 miles away from the white nationalist gathering in Virginia woke up to find himself wrongly exposed as a racist. Then the online abuse began.

How white nationalists heard Trump's word

Two days apart, President Trump issued two different statements about the violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white supremacist rally over the weekend.

Charlottesville: Tracking Trump's response

On Saturday, President Trump failed to mention white nationalists after the attack in Charlottesville. Two days later, he directly condemned the groups.

Charlottesville (Va)

Bulletin Board: Some Readers Say ‘White Nationalist’ Normalizes the Charlottesville Protesters

Our Standards editor says we used a range of descriptions for the groups at the center of the violence, including neo-Nazis, white supremacists and white nationalists.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Trump Is Set to Make First Trip Back to His Manhattan Home

After a white nationalist protest in Virginia erupted into violence over the weekend, concerns have escalated over what Mr. Trump’s arrival in New York might provoke.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Transcript and Video: President Trump Speaks About Charlottesville

Mr. Trump once again addressed the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend after white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters.

Trump calls white supremacists repugnant

President Trump condemns the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a white nationalist rally.

Watch President's full statement

After facing two days of criticism for his response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump condemned the attack in a statement from the White House.


GoDaddy removes white supremacist website after offensive post

(Reuters) - The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

White nationalists plan another protest, this time in Texas on September 11

Brace yourselves for Round 2: White nationalists are planning for another protest in September.

White nationalists mocked for using tiki torches

White nationalists descended Friday night on the University of Virginia campus with burning tiki torches -- lending a distinctly but likely unintentional Polynesian aura to a white nationalist group's march.


Merck CEO pulls out of Trump panel, demands rejection of bigotry

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - Merck's chief executive resigned on Monday from a business panel led by Donald Trump, citing a need for leadership countering bigotry in a strong rebuke to the U.S. president over his response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Panelist to Sanders: 'Shut up' in fiery debate

Kenneth Cuccinelli, President of the Senate Conservatives Fund gets in a heated debate with Communications Consultant for Priorities USA Action, Symone D. Sanders, on the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Oliver slams Trump's Charlottesville response

On HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver slammed President Donald Trump's response to the violent attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a gathering of white nationalists.


Driver accused of murder in Charlottesville violence faces court hearing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A man said to have harbored Nazi sympathies as a teenager before a failed bid to join the U.S. Army was due in court on Monday to face charges he plowed his car into protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing a woman and injuring 19.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

U.S. Rallies Behind Charlottesville

Vigils were held across the country on Sunday to honor the life of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed a day earlier while protesting a rally of white nationalists.


A Far-Right Gathering Bursts Into Brawls

A white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., became a scene of a constant stream of projectiles as attendees and counterprotesters clashed.

Rally organizer flees after confrontation at media event

Jason Kessler, the Charlottesville, Virginia, resident who organized Saturday's rally of white nationalists and other groups, was forced to flee his own news conference Sunday after he was confronted by members of a crowd that had gathered.


Victim in Virginia melee wept for social justice, her boss says

(Reuters) - Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville with her friends to make a stand against white nationalists who converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honoring a Confederate war hero, her boss said on Sunday.

Why Trump won't stand up to hate

With one dead and 19 others injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has responded to his first domestic crisis with the cowardice of the bully he has always been. Instead of standing up to the violent white nationalists who terrorized a peaceful city, he made them morally equal to those who allied against the hate.

Who are white nationalists and what do they want?

A quaint Virginia college town still wrestling with the legacy of slavery became the scene of deadly protests this weekend as white nationalists and other right-wing groups clashed with counterprotesters over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Jake Tapper, WH adviser spar over Trump's response

CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert over President Trump's response to the violence that erupted between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump adviser pressed to condemn white nationalists

CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert to publicly condemn the white supremacist groups who participated in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


FBI probe underway into Virginia white nationalist rally violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Sunday are investigating the outbreak of violence in Virginia following a white nationalist rally that killed one person and injured more than 30, presenting U.S. President Donald Trump with a major domestic challenge.

WH adviser: Both sides looking for trouble

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, who has been in contact with Charlottesville, Virginia, authorities after violence erupted between counterprotesters and white nationalists protesting the removal of a confederate monument , says groups that showed up on both sides were "looking for trouble."

Governor to white supremacists: Go home

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) holds a press conference after a white nationalist rally turned violent in Charlottesville.

What we know about the violent clashes and the car attack that left 1 dead and dozens injured

One person died when a car plowed into a crowd following a dispersed gathering of white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville.


Virginia police, FBI probe deadly violence at white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. authorities will investigate on Sunday the violence stemming from a white nationalist rally a day earlier that killed one person, injured more than 30, and challenged U.S. President Donald Trump's leadership.

Trump's faith advisers condemn white supremacists

As thousands of white nationalist and "alt-right" protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the "Unite the Right" rally Saturday and clashed with counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the gathering.

Suspect in car crash identified

The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail . Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.


Two killed in helicopter crash near Virginia protests

(Reuters) - Two people died in a helicopter crash on Saturday near Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and counter-protesters had clashed earlier in the day, officials said.

'Blood and soil': Protesters chant Nazi slogan in Charlottesville

Some white nationalists and right-wing protesters who have converged on Charlottesville, Virginia, have been using a Nazi rallying cry.

Bipartisan condemnation for 'Unite the Right' rally

As thousands of white nationalist and alt-right protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the "Unite the Right" rally Saturday, voices from both sides of the aisle have emerged to condemn the gathering's violence and rhetoric.

Trump addresses Charlottesville clashes

President Donald Trump condemned the hate "on many sides" in response to violence at a white nationalist rally in in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Vehicle plows into crowd in Virginia city, several hurt: witnesses

CHARLOTTESVILLE, vA. (Reuters) - At least one vehicle hit a crowd of people gathered in a Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, hours after police broke up a clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters, according to witnesses, but it was not clear whether the incident was connected to the earlier melee.

Trump: 'There is no place for this kind of violence in America'

President Donald Trump urged unity and condemned hate in response to violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that have played out on national television Saturday.


State of Emergency in Virginia as White Nationalists March

The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday as white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters for the second day in a row over a plan to remove the statue of a Confederate general from a city park.

Former KKK leader invokes Trump's name

Former KKK leader David Duke invoked President Trump's name at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Protesters clash again in Virginia city ahead of white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - White nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday ahead of a rally to protest the planned removal of a Confederate general's statue that critics say glorifies the era of slavery.

Violent clashes at white nationalist rally

Two people have been injured after an altercation during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia today according to the city of Charlottesville's verified twitter account. The injuries are characterized as serious but non-life threatening.


Protesters clash in Virginia city on eve of white nationalist rally

(Reuters) - Hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches clashed briefly with counterprotesters on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia on Friday, the eve of a rally planned by thousands of white nationalists, media said.

Why white nationalists are drawn to Charlottesville

Charlottesville, known as a progressive college town, is bracing for another white nationalist rally scheduled for Saturday.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Planned Rally by White Nationalists Has College Town on Edge

A rally against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee has Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, bracing for a weekend of potential violence.


Rights groups sue over moving of Virginia white nationalist rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. civil rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday to have a white nationalist rally in Virginia moved back to its original venue, saying that city officials' last-minute decision to shift the event violated organizers' rights.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Airbnb Cancels Accounts Linked to White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

Participants may have trouble finding a place to stay — and agreeing on where to gather, since the city has asked that the demonstration be moved.

Southern Baptist Convention

In Quick Reversal, Southern Baptists Denounce White Nationalists

At a conference, pastors at first declined a resolution denouncing the so-called alt-right. Facing backlash, they approved a less harsh version.

Southern Baptists torn over whether to condemn 'alt-right'

In a dramatic late-night move Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention agreed to hold a vote on denouncing the "alt-right" white nationalist movement, a collective decision that followed a day-long drama where pastors pushed back against denominational leaders who initially chose not to address the issue.

Presidential Election of 2016

A Trump Campaign Rally Led to Shoving, and Legal Wrangling, Too

President Trump faces two lawsuits stemming from a 2016 event: one filed by a black woman who was pushed toward the exit, and another by a white nationalist who tried to remove her.

Dylann Roof: White nationalists will rescue me

Dylann Roof told his dad during a November prison visit, before he was convicted of gunning down nine people in a church, that he was going to do something to make it worse.

Signer, Michael

‘We Have to Repudiate It’: A City Confronts White Nationalist Protests

In an interview, Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, Va., discussed white supremacist protesters and the road forward in a city re-examining its history.


Mayor of Virginia city targeted by anti-Semitic tweets after criticizing marchers

(Reuters) - The mayor of the Virginia college town of Charlottesville was the target of anti-Semitic tweets on Sunday after speaking out against white nationalists who converged on a local park carrying blazing torches the night before.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

White Nationalists Wield Torches at Confederate Statue Rally

Dozens of protesters led by Richard B. Spencer, a white nationalist, carried torches and chanted against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va.

War on campus: The escalating battle over free speech

Free speech came to fisticuffs before alt-right white nationalist Richard Spencer could even begin his speech at Auburn University.

Spencer: 'Make white privilege great again'

White nationalist Richard Spencer tells CNN's "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" he'd like to "bathe in white privilege." Watch the season premiere Sunday, April 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

White nationalist speaks at Auburn

At least two people were arrested at Auburn University amid mostly peaceful protests over the appearance of white nationalist Richard Spencer, whose speaking events have sparked an outcry at other schools.


Three arrested during protest against white nationalist speech in Alabama

(Reuters) - At least three people were arrested during a protest against an appearance by white U.S. nationalist Richard Spencer at Alabama's Auburn University late on Tuesday, hours after a judge ordered the school to let him give a speech, media reported.

Spencer, Richard B (1978- )

Judge Rules Auburn Must Allow Richard Spencer to Speak

A ruling by a United States District Court judge cleared the way for an appearance by the white nationalist leader that had been canceled to go ahead.

University braces for white nationalist

Auburn University is on edge about a possible speech Tuesday night by white nationalist Richard Spencer, whose inflammatory comments about race and religion have sparked protests at other schools where he has appeared.


Auburn University cancels speech by avowed white nationalist

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alabama's Auburn University on Friday canceled a campus speech by Richard Spencer, a white U.S. nationalist best known for drawing Nazi-like salutes at a party to celebrate President Donald Trump's election last year, citing safety concerns.