Charlottesville Chaos: Leaders Chime In (LIVE UPDATES)

LATEST UPDATE: Christian Leaders React To Charlottesville Chaos; Enter Twitter Firestorm

LOS ANGELES — Leaders all over the United States are responding via social media to an overnight and ongoing eruption of demonstrations and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of one person run over by a person driving a car on Saturday.

It is reported that violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters began prior to a Unite the Right rally that was being held to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The city of Charlottesville voted to remove the statue earlier this year, but it remains in the Emacipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park, pending a judge’s ruling expected later this month, according to the Washington Post. Police have ordered hundreds of people out of a downtown park, resulting in the cancellation of a noon rally, according to reports.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency shortly before 11 a.m., blaming the violence on “mostly out-of-state protesters.”

“I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours,” McAuliffe (D) said.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,” Signer wrote on Twitter. He did not provide details as to how the death occurred.

The following are posts by leaders in the Christian and political world in response to the events at Charlottesville:

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