Donald Trump is “sad” because “beautiful statues and monuments” are being removed from all over the United States. The President sent out a series of tweets following the deadly protests by the alt-right in Charlottesville.
The POTUS’ remarks echo those of white supremacist groups that oppose the removal of Confederate monuments.
The statues and other monuments are being removed after officials in several states called for their ouster because they have become symbols of the Confederacy.
Trump’s tweets arrive only a short time after he says violence erupted on “many sides” and “both sides.” His remarks were quickly squashed by members of his own party, the Democrats, and pretty much anyone with a sense of decency.
Critics of the President say his defense of such monuments only stands to validate white supremacist groups who led a bloody rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. Protesters swarmed the area out of anger after learning that a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was being removed from a public park in the city.
Trump is obviously making a failed attempt to distance himself from his “many sides” and “both sides” tweets while focusing on the historical significance of the statues.
Trump’s attempt to satisfy his base likely arrived from an NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll on Monday and Tuesday which found that 86% of 1,125 Republicans believed the Confederate statues should remain. Trump has always attempted to satisfy his own populist.
The President’s tweets arrived just hours after his personal lawyer sent an email to conservative journalists in which he spoke of Lee in glowing terms while supporting secessionist sentiment from the Civil War era.
Trump did at one point call racism “evil” but then blamed “both sides” for the violence. He then said the white supremacists, Nazi’s and other people fighting to keep the monuments were “good people” before claiming such actions could lead to the removal of George Washington statues since he was a “slave owner.”
Corey Stewart, a Republican planning to run against Senator Tim Kaine, the Democrat of Virginia, in 2018, defended Trump’s stance.
“The president is absolutely right,” Mr. Stewart, Trump’s campaign chairman in Virginia, told CNN. “After they get done removing statues to Confederate generals because, arguably, they fought to preserve the institution of slavery, they are going right after slave owners, including the founders — Jefferson, Madison, Washington — and when you undermine the founding fathers, you undermine the founding documents, namely the Constitution of the United States.”
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