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on this saturday night, state of emergency. white nationalist protests turned deadly in charlottesville, virginia, when a car slammed into the crowd. president trump condemning what he calls an egregious display of bigotry and calls for unity. >> no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all americans first. border lifeline as tensions rise with north korea, we get a rare glimpse at the crucial trade link with china that keeps north korea running. sick bay in space. first responders respond when there's a medical emergency on mars. and close encounter, the remarkable scenes in
the water as swimmers come within feet of a gentle giant. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. good evening. terror and death in charlottesville, virginia, as a car plowed into a crowd of protesters killing at least one and injuring many more. a state of emergency was declared. this historic southern college town has seen two days of violent protests focused on race. white nationalists counterp counterprotesters clashed as state troopers tried to keep the peace. they did not succeed. nbc's tom costello is there with the very latest. tom? >> reporter: jose, good evening. the streets are calm at this very moment
but police are still working the scene here where the fatal accident occurred. witnesses say that this driver came plowing into a crowd of counterprotesters, people went flying in every direction. we had at least one fatality here. a short time ago, they arrested a suspect in this but we don't know his identity. the police chief moments ago said this was in fact an intentional act. more than three dozen people injured. this has been a day of heated racist rhetoric and violence. a horrifying scene in charlottesville, as this car plowed into a crowd of people. the driver then backing up and witnesses say dragging at least one person. >> it's barrelling towards the protesters. i jump out of the way and scream car. >> reporter: three cars involved in the chain-reaction crash, killing at least one person. >> that's when he went right through the crowd. >> reporter: brennan and chris took video of the moment of impact. he took aim at the crowd? >> yeah. it was a very narrow street. he sort of slowed down
and then just slammed into them very, very hard. >> reporter: it happened two hours after a planned protest built as unite the right was shut down by police at a nearby park. hundreds of white nationalists, some wearing what appeared to be uniforms, carrying weapons and nazi symbols clashed with counterprotesters. the rally originally meant to protest the city's decision to remove the statue of confederate general robert e. lee but quickly turned to chaos. this video was live streamed. >> we're being gassed now. the charlottesville police department is allowing people to come in here and gas us. they won't allow us into the event even though with had a permit. >> if you will not disperse immediately, you'll be arrested. >> reporter: police declared it an unlawful assembly. the largest deployment
of virginia state police in nearly three decades. tensions began simmering last night when white nationalists carried torches in the city, reminiscent of propaganda events in the '20s and '30s. president trump responded to the violence. >> we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. >> reporter: the mayor of charlottesville also weighed in saying he is broken hearted and urged people to go home. we have another tragic development. a state police helicopter was working all day hovering above the crowd watching the developments. it crashed a short time ago. the governor of virginia tells us that two state troopers died in that crash. so we now have three people dead here in charlottesville, virginia, or nearby and at least three dozen people injured in what may have been
the biggest white nationalist attraction or event in decades. jose? >> tom costello, thank you very much. from charlottesville to new jersey where president trump addressed the violence in a call for unity the president's message also focused on what he calls a return to law and order. nbc's kelly o'donnell with that part of the story. >> reporter: this was not the celebratory event president trump had planned. his moment to tout the bill for veterans care overshadowed by the kind of national emergency that requires a president's voice. >> it's been going on for a long time in our country. not donald trump, not barack obama, it's been going on for a long, long time. >> reporter: referring to today's violence and suggesting and he his predecessor did not spark this violence. he reached out to democrat terry mcauliffe. >> we agreed that the division and hatred
must stop and must stop right now. >> reporter: the president used the word "bigotry" but did not specifically rebuke or describe racially motivated protesters some of whom brought weapons to a demonstration. >> no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all americans first. >> reporter: the president turned to more comfortable terrain by turning to first responders. >> i want to salute the great work of the state and local police in virginia. incredible people. >> reporter: and he called for calm. >> what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. >> reporter: the racial divide parallels a political one where some of those at the protest were vocal trump supporters aligned with white nationalism like david duke. >> that's why we voted for donald trump, because he said he's going to take our country back and that's what we've got to do. >> reporter: the president carried on
with his planned bill signing but turned back to charlottesville. >> everybody wants it to heal and it will heal. >> reporter: although president trump indicated he would take questions, he did not. he heard the words white nationalist and left the room. >> do you want the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support you, mr. president? have you denounced them strongly enough? >> reporter: and white house officials trying to explain why the president described this as bigotry on many sides, they say he's condemning all of it but there was violence from protesters and counterprotesters. some republican senators are saying the president must say more to describe this as domestic terrorism and to call out white supremacist. jose? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. much more tomorrow on "meet the press," h.r. mcmaster and admiral mike mullen, former chairman of the joint chiefs. today's violence in charlottesville, is
a reminder of our troubled history when it comes to race. nbc's morgan radford looks at new data as to how deep it exists and where the deep divide exists. >> you will not replace us. >> reporter: last night's torch protest by the alt-right in charlottesville, virginia, has echos of the past, familiar images from an era that many americans thought was behind us. even the election of a black president is still at the center of our national conversation. why now? is this the tipping point? >> yes. america is entering a unique phase in history. >> reporter: nearly three-quarters of american voters say race relations in the united states is worst now than in the 1990s after the o.j. simpson and riots.
polls show 42% of black americans are upset about the way that they are treated. >> the playing field is not fair. it's never been fair. so in an effort to correct it and making it appear fair, those who have had the advantage now feel disadvantaged because they no longer have the advantage. >> reporter: surveys and polls can obscure people's true feelings on the hot topic of race but how people act may are more revealing of what they actually think. a harvard researcher studying google researchers found hidden racism that polls may not capture. one in every 100 severals for obama also included kkk or the "n" word and last year during president trump's run for office. >> no one's going anywhere. this is who america is and america has got to come with terms with
it. we're really a multiracial society. >> data reveals that we've come to a point where whites see anti-white bias as more prevalent than anti-black bias. this tension we're seeing may pass but may get worse before it gets better. >> morgan radford, thank you very much. the crisis in north korea prompted a phone call last night between president trump and chin naz leader warning those involved it should escalate tension. many believe it was key to reining in the regime. we sent out jackie mackey frayer for a look. >> reporter: north korea's economic lifeline, the bridge connecting it to china. more than three-quarters of trade happens here.
trucks load and line streets and then cross to the other side with building supplies, cement, heavy equipment. while severe united sanctions could slash a third of north korea's revenue at the choke point, this single lane bridge is business as usual. it's normal to trade with north korea, says this business owner. there's nothing to fear. but these days, tension is running high. deep suspicion of foreign journalists forced us to keep a low profile. as north korea's biggest ally in trading partner, china's pressure is crucial. though sanctions alone have never worked. >> the priority has always been stability and maintaining buffer zones at the border. china does not want to fully implement sanctions or cut off trade completely with north korea. >> reporter: in this area, north korea is less a threat than an
attraction. both tourists get even closer to look at north korea and at how far china has come. >> the river separates the two by more than just geography. on the one side is the largest economy and north korea, the most isolated country on earth. at most, there is a half mile between china's prosperity and north korea's poverty. on the map, dandong is far closer to pyongyang than beijing but the new bridge china built goes nowhere the regime never built a road to meetings and the flow keeps trading until the lights go out and other side goes dark with a dangerous standoff looming. janis mackey frayer, dandong. putting pressure on solar users trying to cut in on the savings that they're enjoying on the
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encounter, shooing this young whale out to sea. but his travels were just beginning. the whale took a couple more detours, first laguna beach and then newport beach. this time of year, gray whales have usually made the trek to their summer home in the bering sea. whether he was simply lost, it's not known. wildlife officials are monitoring his whereabouts and health saying there's no cause for harm. a handful of weepers who missed seeing a whale spouting grace and thanks for showing the way. ron mott, nbc news. and that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. tomorrow on "nightly news" with kate snow, potential extra terestrials repackaged for those of us at home. thank you for the privilege of your time and good night.
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