Blackburn: Charlottesville Riot Violence Has ‘No Place in Civil Society’

The violent disruptions occurring in Charlottesville, Va., have “no place in a civil society,” no matter which side the violent behaviors come from, Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Saturday.

“I know law enforcement officials and first responders are doing their best to contain this and disperse people,” the Tennessee Republican told CNN. “My hopes and thoughts and prayers will be with the local officials trying to contain this.”

Riot gear-clad police cleared protesters from Emancipation Park Saturday after declaring a “Unite the Right” rally was “unlawful” when clashes broke out between alt-right demonstrators and supporters of Black Lives Matter.

The violence prompted Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency in Charlottesville, where white nationalists and neo-Nazis joined alt-right demonstrators to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Blackburn said she had not talked with President Donald Trump or his team, but was sure



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