Police defend response;

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia on Sunday strongly defended the police response to the violent demonstrations here on Saturday, saying that law enforcement authorities had done “great work” in “a very delicate situation.”

Mr. McAuliffe, in an impromptu sidewalk interview before addressing two church congregations on Sunday morning, said the police estimated that 80 percent of those at the white nationalists’ rally and counterprotests — including members of self-styled militias in camouflage gear — were armed, “yet not a shot was fired.”

The governor also said the death of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when a driver intentionally plowed his car into a crowd could not have been prevented, calling it “car terrorism.”