On Saturday, the governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville after white nationalists and counter protesters clashed in regards to a plan to remove a Confederate general from a nearby park.
The demonstration has been dubbed the “largest gathering of white nationalists in recent years,” according to the New York Times. President Trump took to Twitter to condemn the violence taking place in Charlottesville, however, he refused to utter the words “white nationalists.”
Instead, he said:
‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.’
Now, however, white nationalists who were present at the protests are in hot water for using the Detroit Red Wings logo without permission. Video footage from the demonstration shows white nationalists marching around with the hockey team’s logo. One group holding the logo was even heard shouting “blood and soil” as they made their way to a protest.
‘Ahead of the rally, another group has joined – chanting “blood and soil” as they approach @EmancipationPark. #Charlottesville’
— Craig Stanley (@_CraigStanley) August 12, 2017
As soon as the team caught wind of the news, though, they were quick to speak out. In a statement posted to Twitter shortly before noon Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings said:
‘The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va. The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for Everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.’
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 12, 2017
Saturday is the second day of protests taking place in Charlottesville. On Friday, white nationalists were caught on video changing “white lives matter” and “You will not replace us.”
A clip from the protest can be viewed below.
‘White Supremacist Mob Carrying Torches Attacks Anti-Racist Protestors in Charlottesville’
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) August 12, 2017
According to one Twitter user, the Red Wings have already done more than President Trump went in comes to condemning the hate speech from Charlottesville.
‘Congratulations Red Wings, you’ve already done more than @POTUS’
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