Gov. Rauner speaks out against President Trump's Charlottesville comments

Heather Heyer died after a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist march in Charlottesville Virginia. Pic GoFundMe

Heather Heyer died after a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist march in Charlottesville Virginia. Pic GoFundMe

In an interview Monday on the Pod Save the People podcast, hosted by Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, McAuliffe claimed the white nationalists who streamed into Charlottesville that weekend hid weapons throughout the town.

McAuliffe's request came just a day after President Donald Trump gave an intense press conference that provoked significant backlash.

"They went to the University of Virginia on Friday night with their torches, that had nothing to do with a statue", McAuliffe told CBS News.

Other leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, made forceful anti-racism statements but steered clear of mentioning Trump and his comments. "Those remarks are dividing people; we can not be dividing people".

Speaking in his first national television interview since Saturday's clashes and attack, the Democratic governor called on Mr. Trump to revise his tone in speeches before visiting his state.

Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia State Police say they did not find caches of weapons stashed around Charlottesville in advance of last Saturday's deadly white nationalist rally.

"There was hatred, there was bigotry that has been unleashed in this country, and we need to understand how it's happened and most importantly what we can do to move forward", said McAullife.

The governor laid out his new position on monuments of Confederate leaders across Virginia, saying they should all be removed.

"Effective immediately, the Monument Avenue Commission will include an examination of the removal and/or relocation of some or all of the confederate statues", Stoney said in a statement reported by The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"I have lost three great citizens", McAullife said of the three fatalities on Saturday. "This is hatred, and we got to address it".

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