"Having watched the horrifying video of the auto deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism", Cruz said in a statement shortly after the driver was identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. The auto was allegedly driven by a 20-year-old man from OH who has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr.
Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, who was watching her son's cat at the time the incident took place, only learned that her son was suspected of plowing his vehicle into protesters when she was approached by reporters at her home in Maumee, Ohio. Virginia State Police said injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor. The driver fled and was located and arrested moments later, police said. At least one person was killed.
Addressing reporters, Trump refused to name white supremacists or any specific group, blaming the violence "on many sides".
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed the casualties and delivered a simple message to white supremacists and Nazis: "Go home".
Both Virginia State Police troopers died Saturday when their police helicopter crashed and burned in Charlottesville, as they patrolled near the site of clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters.
For his part, US President Donald Trump tweeted: "We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for". In New Jersey today, the President condemned the violent outbreak in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group, which is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade, were protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Franks joined Jeanine Pirro on Fox News on Saturday evening after President Trump made a statement calling the white supremacist rallies "a display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". He's calling for a "swift restoration of law and order".