"The events that have unfolded today in Charlottesville, VA are incredibly tragic. The vile views espoused by White Supremacist movements must be swiftly and loudly condemned. I firmly believe that individuals have the right to express their thoughts and beliefs, but racism is unacceptable and we must be clear that it will not be tolerated. This is not who we are as a country.

"In this time of incredible frustration and division, we must stand united as a country against bigotry, racism, and intolerance. We can, and will, rise above this. The behavior on display today is reprehensible. Those responsible for the loss of lives must be brought to justice. My thoughts are with those who have been affected and their families."