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White House says Trump condemns white supremacists

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White House says Trump condemns white supremacists

<p>As mourners gathered at the scene of a fatal car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House said President Trump’s remarks condemning the violence were meant to include the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups. Trump is under fire for failing to denounce the white supremacists thought to be responsible for the attack.</p> <p>During an official visit to Colombia,​ ​Vice President Mike Pence clarified the administration’s position.</p> <p>“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the <span class="caps">KKK</span>,” Pence said. “These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”</p> <p>Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer was killed and 19 people were injured on Saturday when a man plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. The driver, 20-year-old James Fields, is due to appear in court on murder and other charges stemming from the fatal car crash.</p> <p>Jason Kessler, who organized the controversial “Unite the Right” rally was chased away by protestors in Charlottesville but later said supporters of the event would not back down.</p> <p>The Federal Bureau of Investigations has opened a​ ​civil rights investigation into the violence. ​</p>