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The white nationalist website “The Daily Stormer,” which heavily promoted the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, vowed that it would “soon” hold more events similar to the deadly protests in Charlottesville.
“We are going to start doing this nonstop. Across the country,” said a post on the website. “… We are going to go bigger than Charlottesville. We are going to go huge.”
The post also said, “We are now at war,” and threatened to “take over the country.”
White supremacists and alt-right supporters converged on Charlottesville over the weekend to protest the removal of a confederate statue honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee.
But the rally took a deadly turn as white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters. Apparent white supremacist James Fields rammed his car into a crowd of demonstrators, ultimately resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Two members of the Virginia State Police force were also killed in a helicopter crash outside Charlottesville as they were monitoring the protests.
The police told reporters Saturday evening that they were holding Fields on suspicion of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.
President Donald Trump addressed the violence during a press conference on Saturday, but he drew sharp criticism for not singling out the white supremacists who had sparked the outbreaks.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference. “On many sides.”
He added: “It’s been going on for a long, long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
Trump’s comments were well-received, however, by neo-Nazis and Daily Stormer users who interpreted them as a sign of encouragement for their cause.
“Trump comments were good,” said one post on the site. “He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us.”