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NAACP: 'It's hard to disavow bigots and hate when they are amongst your key strategists'

White nationalist demonstrators walk through town after their rally was declared illegal near Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) addressed Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, by tweeting their thoughts following President Donald Trump's remarks where he 'strongly condemned' the violence at a press conference.

As the presser ended, a reporter asked Trump if he wanted the support of white nationalist groups, which he did not acknowledge.

Following Trump's lack of response, the NAACP tweeted the statement: "Guess it's hard to disavow bigots and hate when they are amongst your key strategists #Charlottesville."

In a following tweet, they said the violence "has to stop."

They also called on Trump to remove one of his top advisors, Steve Bannon, who they call a "well-known white supremacist leader."

One person has died and over 30 people were injured during protests following a White Nationalist rally, which was held at Emancipation Park Saturday afternoon. The nationalists were reportedly rallying in protest of the city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

A car crashed into demonstrators who were protesting the rally, which resulted in the one fatality. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested, according to a state official.

Virginia Governor Terry McAullife has declared a state of emergency.



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