President Trump says removal of Confederate monuments is 'so foolish'

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"So I'm not going to allow us to say it's OK for a Robert E. Lee but not a George Washington [statue]", Rye said.

In a news conference at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017 on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side. Trump's criticism of neo-Nazi groups came only two days later when he said, "Racism is evil".

"Mr. President, like most I seek to move out nation, my state, and our party forward - toward the light - not back to the darkness", Graham's tweets read. To try to change history and portray Lee as either a white supremacist or racist is to do a great disservice to the man and his sense of duty to this state. They tied a rope around a statue of an armed Confederate soldier and pulled it to the ground.

Charlottesville, like many southern towns across the USA, has grappled with its Confederate legacy and the decision in the past to honor men who fought to keep the institution of slavery alive.

Compare that with Robert E. Lee, who quit the U.S. Army to join the Confederates.

For supporters of the Confederate monuments, removing them from parks and avenues will be a blow against their heritage and historical memory. There have also been calls to take down a Confederate soldier statue from the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

"As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated; my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the Country, would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment; & of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour", Lee wrote in December 1866.

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In his comments, Trump lamented the push to take down Confederate statues.

Of Robert E Lee, Professor Alice Fahs from the University of California said: 'He's not a founding father, and it's as though Trump thinks he is. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson [another Confederate general] is coming down. I'm not going to allow us to say it's okay for Robert E. Lee but not a George Washington. You really have to ask yourself: "Where does it stop?"

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country put in the parts by the removal of our attractive statues and monuments", tweeted Donald Trump, judging that it was "stupid". I wonder is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

Washington did own slaves - and does not get a pass for freeing them at the end of his life. We need to call slave owners out for what they are.

On Saturday Night Live's Thursday night "Weekend Update", Michael Che invited George Washington, as played by Jimmy Fallon, on to defend himself.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump tweeted in support of Confederate statues Thursday -- and offered a distorted version of history. Also like Al Sharpton, she despises Thomas Jefferson She, however, is taking her animosity toward USA history one step further. A statue of Lee commemorates Virginia's losses and overlooks the field where Gen. George Pickett undertook his doomed charge. [Jefferson] was a major slave owner. He said he wants his children to learn about the history of our country and this was a good place to start.

The mayor also said this week that she wanted to remove - not destroy - the monuments because she anxious a public destruction could attract racist groups to Baltimore and spark another violent clash.

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