Support for Charlottesville Victims Grows

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WASHINGTON — The fallout continues from President Trump’s Tuesday press conference during which he, yet again, refused to place blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on white supremacists.

Overnight though, in the exact same spot where the clashes took place, locals gathered for a vigil preaching peace and tolerance.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening at the University of Virginia for a candlelight vigil, denouncing the violence and racism that was on display over the weekend in Charlottesville.

“We just don’t want this anger and hate in our town,” said Emily Whitworth.

“Being here tonight was really a way of reclaiming the city,” added Greg Fairchild.

Protests continued throughout the country. One, outside Trump Tower in New York, was organized by a Jewish group.

Even in Santiago, Chile, outside the building where Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech, there was a show of solidarity with Charlottesville.

In Washington, the condemnation of President Trump from both Democrats and Republicans continues, in light of his comments blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville.

“The president speaks for himself. The Klan is evil,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch insists the president is just misunderstood.
“I know Donald Trump, I don’t think there’s a racist bone in his body.  Now has he handled the Virginia incident as well as I would have liked him to? No.”

Nearly a dozen high profile corporate leaders quit the President’s Business Advisory Council, over his response to the violence in Charlottesville. In a tweet Wednesday, the President announced he had disbanded the group.

(Seth Lemon, for CBS News)

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