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Rep. Upton and Senator Stabenow speak out about violent rally in Virginia

This July 8, 2017 photo shows members of the KKK escorted by police past a large group of protesters during a KKK rally in Charlottesville, Va. Some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederacy tried and failed to do in the 1860s: secession from the Union. So-called Southern nationalists are within the group of demonstrators who are fighting the removal of Confederate monuments around the South. They say it’s time for Southern states to secede again and become independent of the United States.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

State Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) of Michigan's 6th District and Sen. Debbie Stabenow responded to Saturday's White Nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.

"What is happening in #Charlottesville is most disturbing," said Rep. Upton via Twitter. "It shames us as a nation. It needs to stop. Now. We are all watching."

"It threatens the very core of our country," Rep. Upton continued in a follow-up tweet. "Tolerance, acceptance and embracing diversity. We must join together to oppose this divisiveness."

Sen. Stabenow described the violence as horrifying.

"The violence in #Charlottesville is horrifying and does not represent who we are as Americans," said Sen. Stabenow in a tweet. "We stand united against racism and hatred."

The white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally brought hundreds to Charlottesville both to support and oppose the rally for the local Robert E. Lee statue. Police say at least two people were seriously injured during the rally and CNN, the Associated Press and the Washington Post reported multiple fights breaking out.

A state of emergency was declared in Virginia in response to the rally on Saturday in Emancipation Park that drew hundreds of protesters, authorities say.

A 32-year-old woman died and 19 were injured after a car drove through a crowd of people protesting the rally in Charlottesville. James Alex Fields, Jr. is in custody.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both spoken out against violent clashes resulting from the White Nationalist rally and resulting protests in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday.


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