House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel denounced the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

"The hate & bigotry on display in #charlottesville is dangerous & cowardly," McDaniel tweeted.

"Free speech may give them the right to do this but also empowers us to unite to loudly speak out against it," she added.

"The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant," Ryan added. "Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry."

Local and state emergencies were declared in the city shortly before a rally was set to begin as clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters turned violent.

The state of emergency does not stop the event from taking place, but police declared the rally an "unlawful assembly" shortly after the declaration and shut it down before it was to begin.

President Trump has yet to weigh in on the protests. The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.