Donald Trump slams removal of historic statues as Confederate figures come down

Posted August 21, 2017

The weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia all started over the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue when net-Nazis and white supremacists obtained a permit to protest the removal of the statue. "So foolish!" Trump continued.

"I don't think his comments will add any discontent among the workers, and the work that we're doing, to expand", McCall said.

There are an estimated 1,500 public symbols honouring the Confederacy across 31 states, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc, Shame!

Trump is still facing a political firestorm for doubling down on Tuesday on his claims that "both sides" were at fault for the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, even after one alleged white nationalist was charged with murder after ramming his auto into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Trump's tweet mentioning the country's first and third presidents, Washington and Jefferson, was the second time this week that he questioned to what extent those wishing to eradicate memory of slavery would attempt to erase history from the public square. But it was also a time when white southerners, recovering from their loss in the Civil War, were reaffirming their control over the black population through a system of institutionalized racism.

President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned the "foolish" removal of Confederate statues whose preservation has become a rallying cry for white supremacists, saying USA culture and history were being "ripped apart".

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"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments", the president wrote.

President Donald Trump said he has no regrets for his comments about the events in Charlottesville.

The events in Charlottesville have quickened the pace of the removal of Confederate monuments across the country. "Not all of those people were white supremacists", he said.

Trump also seems unaware that most Confederate memorials were put up well after the Civil War, with the explicit objective of rewriting the South's ugly legacy. It is too easy to condemn white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

On Thursday, a great-great-grandson of Stonewall Jackson told The Associated Press that he believes the monument to his legendary Confederate ancestor, as well as others in Virginia's capital of Richmond, were constructed as symbols of white supremacy and should be taken down. The rally was met with counter protesters and one person was killed when a auto plowed into a crowd.

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"What we're up against are sentiments of nostalgia versus actual history", said Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond.

Trump said: "You had a group on one side and a group on the other and they had clubs and they came at each other.' Then, to add more confusion, he said there was another group who came in 'violently".

Cities throughout the country - from Boston, Massachusetts to Jacksonville, Florida - are actively considering removing Confederate monuments. "They were constructed to make black people fearful", Christian said.

"You can't put today's morals on people who lived centuries ago", he said.

Meanwhile in Charlottesville last night, new lights shone on the University of Virginia campus as thousands of people gathered for a candlelight "Take Back the Lawn" vigil in the same spot where, on Friday night, torch-wielding white supremacists and neo-Nazis had marched, chanting, "Jews will not replace us". "You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent", Trump said.

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