The organizer of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville vowed that he and his supporters will continue to demonstrate in the city despite the violent clashes with counter-protesters on Saturday that led to one death and 35 people injured.
‘We’re going to be back here, and we’re going to humiliate all of these people who opposed us,’ said Richard Spencer, head of the white nationalist National Policy Institute, in an interview with DailyMail.com.
‘We’ll be back here 1,000 times if necessary,’ he added. ‘I always win. Because I have the will to win, I keep going until I win.’
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White nationalist leader Richard Spencer (center) ominously vowed to return to Charlottesville, Va despite the day violence with counter-protesters
Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe strongly condemned all of the so-called ‘patriotic’ white nationalists whose violent clashes with activists led to one fatality after a driver intentionally plowed into a group of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday
His comments were a sharp rebuke to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who demanded that the white nationalist demonstrators leave the Virginia on Saturday after declaring a ‘state of emergency’ due to the chaos.
McAuliffe strongly condemned all of the so-called ‘patriotic’ white nationalists whose violent clashes with activists led to one fatality after a driver intentionally plowed into a group of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
‘Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth,’ McAuliffe proclaimed.
‘You are not patriots,’ he said. ‘You came here today to hurt people and that is not patriotic,’ McAuliffe added.
‘My message is clear we are stronger than you. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here and there is no place for you in America.’
A Dodge Challenger (pictured) intentionally plowed into counter protesters, killing one woman and hospitalizing 19 others, as violence erupted at a rally where thousands of white nationalists gathered for an alt-right event
‘Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth,’ McAuliffe proclaimed. ‘You are not patriots,’ he said. Rescue personnel help an injured man after the car drove into a large group of protesters after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville
Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40 miles an hour when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper
Virginia State Police in riot gear keep watch from the top of an armored vehicle after the car plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching
Spencer said his organization is not planning additional public rallies this weekend but is preparing to hold another one as soon as possible.
He said he will not stop protesting in Charlottesville unless the Virginia reverses its plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.
Spencer, 39, is a long-time leader in the white nationalist movement and drew nation-wide criticism for a speech he gave after the 2016 presidential election, during which he chanted ‘Hail Trump!’ Some audience members gave Nazi salutes.
Video released on Saturday showed the moment a Dodge Challenger accelerated into a crowd throwing bodies into the air as people screamed before reversing at high speed and sending another 19 people to the hospital for their injuries.
Police arrested 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr shortly after the incident. He was charged with second-degree murder and is currently being held without bail.
It came after violent clashes erupted as hundreds of white supremacists including armed militias marched into Charlottesville sparking violent confrontations with the counter-protesters.
During Saturday evening’s press conference, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas (pictured), said the victim the incident was a 32-year-old female. He said she was struck by the vehicle as she was crossing the street. He didn’t release any information on the woman
Fields was apprehended and is currently in police custody. He was arrested a few blocks away from the bloody scene
Nine pedestrians were treated with injuries that ranged from ‘life-threatening to minor’ after the car plowed through the crowd
Police cleared the scene with tear gas but the violence continued.
Horrifying video from the scene of the attack shows the silver muscle car speeding towards a group of fleeing anti-fascist protesters.
Another clip shows the vehicle ramming into the crowd at high speed and victims crying out in pain as they desperately seek medical help.
Witnesses said the car was traveling up to 40 miles an hour when it hit and reversed before ramming into the crowd again and speeding off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper.
During Saturday evening’s press conference, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, said the person killed in the incident was a 32-year-old female.
He said she was struck by the vehicle as she was crossing the street. He didn’t release any information on the woman pending her family’s notification.
Thomas said a total of 35 people had been treated for injuries, 14 from individual engagements on the streets.
Nine pedestrians were treated with injuries that ranged from ‘life-threatening to minor’ after the car plowed through the crowd.
‘What the world saw today is not our story,’ Thomas said as he concluded and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ‘Outsiders do not tell our story.’
President Donald Trump admonished the day’s tragic events, saying in a press conference: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence, on many sides… The hate and division must stop, and must stop right now.’
Trump had earlier tweeted about the violence that erupted amid the white supremacist march. He tweeted that ‘we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.’
He then wrote: ‘There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!’
The White House was silent for hours about the clashes except for a solitary tweet from First Lady Melania Trump. The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.
And though the White House may have been slow to condemn the hateful acts, Virginia Gov McAuliffe gave an impassioned speech in which he sent a message to the individuals responsible for the hateful acts in Charlottesville.
‘Jews will not replace us’ and ‘white lives matter’ were among chants heard at the rally, according to witnesses
White nationalists carry torches around a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia
McAuliffe also said he spoke to the president on Saturday following the horrific acts of violence in Virginia.
‘I told the president that there has got to be a movement in this country to bring us together,’ he said.
McAuliffe said he told the president that he’s willing to ‘work with him to stop the hate speech and the bigotry in this country’.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer assured the residents of the city that ‘we are going to overcome this’.
‘This tide of hatred and tide of bigotry was brought here by outsiders who belong in the trash heap of history,’ he said.
‘This day will not define us,’ he said, adding that the individuals responsible for the violent actions do not believe in democracy.
‘At the end of the day if you disagree with someone you don’t take them down you move forward,’ he said.
‘Tomorrow will come and we will emerge stronger than ever.’
Almost 200 white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, were heard chanting ‘white lives matter’ and ‘Jews will not replace us’ on Friday night.
They clashed with University of Virginia students who held an anti-racist protest, and were seen holding up signs which read: ‘VA students against white supremacists.’
Students on Friday night were heard chanting ‘go home Nazis’.
Almost 200 white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists, heard chanting ‘white lives matter’ held burning torches on Friday night
One group of students were seen holding up a sign which read: ‘VA students against white supremacists’