But as the death toll linked to the rally rose to three-one in the auto ramming and two state police officers in a helicopter crash outside Charlottesville-the president's apparent refusal to criticize far-right hate groups sparked sharp criticism, even from members of his Republican Party.
The PBS NewsHour's P.J. Tobia sat down with Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group, after a auto attack left one person dead and 19 more injured Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch". I send my prayers to the victims in Charlottesville, their families and the first responders who are working to keep their community safe. "But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome".
On Wednesday, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley posted: "The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks".
The violence sparked political fallout over the weekend, with critics blasting President Donald Trump for failing to single out white supremacists in his criticism of the violence.
"She always stands up for what she believes in, and we had spoken about mixed race couples and families", said Lauren Moon, who has been friends with Heyer since third grade.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell said on Instagram, "Bigotry has no place in our society".
Mr Wilson said "there have been times that I've walked back to her office and she had tears in her eyes" because of the various injustices she saw in the world.
The statement drew ire from Democrats and some Republicans who called on him to specifically denounce white supremacy. Tragically, one of the white nationalist protesters with alleged pro-Nazi sympathies committed vehicular homicide when he used his auto to plow into a group of counter-protesters. A separate hate group that organized the initial rally pledged on social media to organize future events that would be "bigger than Charlottesville". The auto plowed through the crowd at high-speed, sending people flying into the air.
"You can't stop some insane guy who came here from OH and used his auto as a weapon", McAuliffe said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday the "evil attack" on protesters in Virginia fits the definition of domestic terrorism.
"You came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people".
For the third straight day, demonstrators both in support of and in opposition of white nationalism clashed near the University of Virginia's campus on Sunday. It occurred approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters. He'd gone there to witness and deplore the white supremacist rally on a Saturday that spiralled into bloodshed.
Eventually, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police urged the crowds to disperse.
State police tweeted that some in the crowd were using pepper spray.
The troopers killed, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, were the 64th and 65th Virginia State Police members to die in the line of duty since 1932.
Heather D. Heyer, 32, a Charlottesville resident who police say was crossing the road at the time, died of her injuries after being rushed to the hospital.