The violence in Charlottesville is the latest clash between far-rightists, some of whom have claimed allegiance to Trump, and the president's opponents since his inauguration in January, when black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests. "Let's come together as one!"
Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse.
A spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Hospital said it treated 20 patients from the incident, and one had died.
The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
At about 1:45 p.m., a auto turned towards a crowd counter-protesters and drove straight into it before driving off, according to witnesses. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president'.
"These are trying and hard times for our city and our nation", Jones said.
Trump didn't single out the white nationalists when he addressed the unrest on Saturday evening.
In a related incident, two members of the Virginia State Police were killed when the helicopter they were using to monitor the protests from above crashed into a wooded area on the outskirts of Charlottesville, WTVR-TV reported.
State police had said pedestrians were struck Saturday in a three-vehicle crash.
Presaging Saturday's violence was another far-right rally Friday night at the campus of the University of Virginia, which included physical encounters between far-right protesters carrying torches and anti-racist counter-protesters.
Up to 6,000 white nationalists had been expected to attend the "Unite the Right" rally. "No good comes from violence".
In July, the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in the city's Justice Park where they were met by thousands of counter-protesters. The driver floored the auto into a crowd of counterprotesters, striking pedestrians.
Hundreds had descended on the city either to march in or rail against a "Unite the Right Rally", a major gathering of white supremacists, nationalists and other supporters of the so-called "alt-right".
A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.
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