Both the mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, and President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, have labeled the car attack at a Virginia rally on Saturday an act of terrorism. Police have not made any statements about the motive of the driver yet.
The incident occurred at a white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car rammed into a crowd, killing one person and injuring over a dozen others.
Speaking with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Signer said that the attack, in which a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters to the far-right rally, was “a clear terrorist attack with a car used as a weapon.”
“Charlottesville is one of the great cities in the world,” Signer told the program. “We made a decision about a year and half ago, at long last, to start telling deliberately the full story of race in our city and our past, to start telling the truth.
“And that put us on the map for a whole bunch of folks in this country who oppose everything about that. So what we saw this weekend was a deluge of outsiders trying to intimidate us away from that work.”
Signer named the victim of the car crash as 32-year-old Heather Heyer.