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In Your Opinion: 'Confederate' monuments don't celebrate Civil War

21 August 2017, 09:13 | Francis Delgado

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"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our attractive statues and monuments", Trump tweeted. He was referring to Confederate General Jackson, and to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves but whose legacy as early presidents is overwhelmingly honored.

In getting rid of the Confederate monuments, "you're not changing history", he said.

"You're changing history. You're changing culture", argued Trump.

Trump has come under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike for insisting that anti-racism protestors were equally to blame for violence last weekend at a rally staged by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee.

Trump on Tuesday also said both sides were to blame in the clashes in Virginia, adding that protesters on the political left violently attacked white nationalists rallying against a decision to remove a Confederate statue.

They were soldiers who chose to fight to preserve the enslavement of a race of people required for the economic stability of the South - people they considered inferior to themselves.

Ms Bro's daughter, 32-year-old Ms Heyer, was killed and 19 others were injured when a driver rammed a auto into a crowd of demonstrators last Saturday.

Trump has mostly maintained high approval numbers among Republicans during his presidency so far, though they have slipped slightly since Inauguration Day. The city of Baltimore, under the cover of night, removed all of its Confederate monuments. Although Trump condemned the murder and expressed admiration for the liberal activist, the rest of his remarks and arguments are widely seen as being sympathetic to the all-white, alt-right cause - which also constitutes his primary voting base.

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But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence.

"You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry", Susan Bro said during an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. "They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!" he raged on Twitter, lashing out at Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for concluding that Trump has drawn a moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists, and the slain protester.

That day, Trump tweeted, "Memorial service today for lovely and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman". "That doesn't heal, and I think that's a mistake to focus on those".

The poll, which was started before Trump's remarks, showed more people (58 percent) disapproved of his response when they were asked on Tuesday and Wednesday, than on Monday - when 52 percent disapproved.

Personally, I refuse to believe any "very fine" people would have walked side-by-side with people brandishing swastikas and chanting, "Jews will not replace us". "The people of SC will remember!"

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

In another major sign of discontent within the Republican Party, Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils Wednesday as corporate chiefs began resigning in protest of his racial statements.



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