Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday morning "to aid state response to violence at alt-right rally in Charlottesville" as authorities, including police and members of the National Guard, blocked off sections of the city and cleared Emancipation Park, home to the Civil War monument, the Daily Progress reported.
Trump often has talked casually, even dismissively of violence, once telling supporters at a political rally that he would pay their legal fees if they assaulted protestors at the event.
"We're closely following the bad events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia", he told reporters at his New Jersey golf course.
Fighting broke out in the city's downtown before noon when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.
Garcetti released a statement condemning the violence later Saturday afternoon. "It has no place in America".
Instead, Trump called for "a swift restoration of law and order" and said the federal government was "ready, willing and able" to provide "whatever other assistance is needed".
"It is terribly sad to see anger and hatred take over when we all know that resolving disagreements peacefully is the path to better, more united communities".
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters president, Robert Bragg III, said on Twitter that the helicopter involved in the crash was a state police helicopter. They rallied behind his promises to build a wall on the southern border, reduce the number of foreigners allowed into the country and pressure everyone in the country to speak English and say "Merry Christmas".
During his remarks from a podium set up in a New Jersey golf clubhouse, Trump told the nation he had spoken with the governor of Virginia and, "We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now". "That's why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he's going to take our country back".
"Do you want the support of these white nationalist groups?" We are stronger than you. There is no place for you here.
With someone dead and more than two dozen people injured, this is, of course, not the time for assigning blame. Our diversity, that mosaic tile of immigrants is what makes us so special, and we will not let anybody come here and destroy it.
Sounds familiar: The KKK held a similar, torch-bearing protest in the beginning of July, which was met with 1,000 counter protestors and resulted in 23 arrests.
Last night a bunch of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis marched on University of Virginia's campus holding torches and chanting things like "blood and soil", "white lives matter", "you can't replace us", and "anti-white".
Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound".