Initial reports indicate that the attack was intentional, though that is unconfirmed at this time.

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If this does prove to be an intentional act, it will bear similarities to the recent car attacks waged by Islamic extremists in both Nice, France, and Berlin, Germany. It also follows other violent incidents today in Charlottesville, which is already being called the largest white supremacist gathering in years and which followed a torch-carrying march backed by Neo-Nazi groups and the Ku Klux Klan on Friday night. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. President Trump has finally weighed in on Twitter with a brief, somewhat vague response, though he is expected to offer spoken remarks on the incident today.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly assisting McAuliffe. Reports are now emerging that the driver is in custody.

This post will be updated as more details emerge.

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