Sumlin ‘thankful’ Texas A&M squashed white nationalist rally

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said Saturday he’s thankful to the university’s top leaders for shutting down a white nationalist rally scheduled to take place Monday on campus.

“I’m really proud of (the school’s decision),” Sumlin told reporters, according to ESPN. “I was thankful and very, very proud of Chancellor Sharp and our president to put an end to it.”

The rally was organized by former student Preston Wiginton, who said he was inspired by the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Wiginton had invited well-known white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at the event.

“That’s (a time) for leadership to come to the front, and our leadership did that,” Sumlin said. “We talked about it as a team, too, and our appreciation for our leadership to step in in this situation. It’s big for the players, big for our coaching staff, it’s big for everybody.”

Sumlin and the Aggies face UCLA to open the season Sept. 3.

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Chris Long blasts Charlottesville nationalist rioters

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long denounced the actions of numerous white nationalist groups that converged in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, marching toward the University of Virginia campus.

A vehicle drove into a group of counter-protesters, injuring numerous people and killing a 32-year-old woman, Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times reported.

Related: LeBron takes veiled shot at Trump while addressing Charlottesville riots

Long, who attended high school in Charlottesville and starred at Virginia during his collegiate career, also blasted President Donald Trump for his apparent noncommittal comments at his press conference.

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Ohio Man Charged With 2nd Degree Murder For Plowing Into Crowd In Charlottesville Following White Nationalist Rally!

The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
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Tiki Torch Carrying White Nationalist Cornballs Clash With Protesters At UVA

A group of white nationalists armed with cheap tiki torches and towering mugs of white privilege converged on the city of Charlottesville in Virginia ahead of a planned event on Friday. The Unite The Right rally, which was slated to take place in the city Saturday, was preceded by a number of ongoing clashes between nationalists and counter-protestors.

NBC News writes:

Altercations erupted Saturday morning and at least two people were hurt as white nationalists and counter-protesters violently clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia, where local police and the governor declared a state of emergency.

Supporters of the “Unite the Right” rally descended again on the city’s downtown in opposition to clergy members and other groups, who stood in a line singing, “This Little Light of Mine,” to drown out the profanity and slurs.

“Love has already won. We have already won,” the counter-protesters responded.

But as the violence intensified with shoving and punching, demonstrators covered their mouths after what appeared to be tear gas was released into the crowd.

The city and Albemarle County both issued a “declaration of local emergency” for the two jurisdictions to request additional resources. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also declared a state of emergency to allow for a response to quell the violence.

MSNBC just said in a live report that the Unite The Right rally has been canceled due to the clashing in the streets. Some of the fights took hold on the campus of the University of Virginia as well, with figures such as Dr. Cornel West among the throng shouting down the rally’s intent.

As this story develops, we will provide updates. See below and the following pages to some of the reaction. So far, it looks like the Nazi Parade is unraveling although some of the supremacists are reportedly pulling weapons on people when confronted.

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