Trump Asks If George Washington Statue Should Come Down And Twitter Erupts

Trump Asks If George Washington Statue Should Come Down And Twitter Erupts

Trump Asks If George Washington Statue Should Come Down And Twitter Erupts

I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down.

George Washington was a slave-owner.

However, Mr Trump also said there were "very fine people" on both sides in Charlottesville.

It's true: Washington did, indeed, own slaves starting at age 11, according to MountVernon.org, the website for the president's home. He was a major slave owner!

"I wonder, is it George Washington next week?" Are we going to take down - excuse me - are we going to take down statues to George Washington? "And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?" What do you think of Thomas Jefferson?

"I do love Thomas Jefferson", the reporter replied.

Texans visiting national monuments in Washington, D.C. dismissed President Donald Trump's comments that monuments to the Founding Fathers could be in jeopardy after the removal of statues of Confederate generals.

"It's very good to have a clear understanding of those rights, and what is wrong, so we can teach our children what is right or what is wrong", he said. So you know what? Though the demonstration involved people with Nazi flags and other Nazi symbols, plus leading "alt-right" white supremacists who do not identify as neo-Nazis, Trump declared, "Not all of those people were neo-Nazis".

How he treated them is unclear.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the - as you say, the alt-right?"

In his most explicit endorsement of Confederate icons, he argued that removing statues of Lee would lead the country down a slippery slope.

A white supremacist wears a shirt with the slogan "European Brotherhood" at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.

The problem with Trump's argument though, as the executive director of the American Historical Association told CNN's John Berman on Wednesday, is that comparing Jackson and Lee to Washington and Jefferson is a "specious comparison" at best. The rally, which was also attended by counter-protestors, resulted in a violent melee that took the life of a counter-protestor Heather Heyer. He has a history of espousing radical views towards race, Nazism, and white supremacy.

Mr Trump had been criticised by both Republicans and Democrats for referring to "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in his initial response to the violence. "That was a terrible, awful day". "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.

"I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct."

Trump condemned the actions of the far-right who behaved violently at Saturday's protest during a press conference, to which he urged that what's "vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

"I think there's blame on both sides", Trump said before ripping the media for dishonestly reporting on the protests.

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