Over the weekend, a group of white supremacists organized a rally to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. Many of them traveled from out of state, bearing tiki torches for some reason, and some ended up marching while waving the Confederate flag, KKK, and Nazi symbols.
On Saturday, a man named James Andrew Fields Jr. allegedly drove his car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protestors, killing a woman named Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others. According to CNN, the suspect is currently being held in custody in Virginia in connection with the crash.
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and during a press conference directed a message to rally attendees, saying that "all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.”
The organizers of the rally include a man named Jason Kessler. Kessler has been trying to frame the rally as a testament to free speech, but since someone was actually killed, that's not really flying for a lot of people. There may be lots of people in Charlottesville who love the statue of Lee, but there are also a whole lot of people who are really upset that Kessler brought this ugliness to their town. As he approached the podium for a press conference at the scene, the crowd chanted "shame" and yelled that he should be indicted for murder.
And, well, you can see what happens next: