Trump Condemns Removal of Confederate Monuments: 'So Foolish'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 18, 2017

"The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never be able to be comparably replaced", the president concluded his tweet thread.

Historians have pushed back on Trump's notion that statute removal will mean a slippery slope toward removing markers of the Founding Fathers.

As a growing number of American cities worked to remove statues commemorating the Confederacy, President Donald Trump defended the statues again Thursday, arguing that removing them uproots American "culture" and history.

"I think that they were placed there for a reason", Davis said in reference to his great-great grandfather's many accomplishments, according to CNN.

When he finally did, Donald Trump made a vague statement that placed the blame on "many, many sides".

He said the driver behind the Charlottesville attack "is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing", but stopped short of calling it terrorism when probed by a reporter.

Defending the statues, which have become the center of a raging controversy about whether they glorify racism, was the catalyst for protests that ultimately turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

And they are modern-day rallying points for torch-carrying, swastika-waving groups anxious that Jews, blacks and Hispanics just aren't letting white people get a fair shake. The violence resulted in one fatality, when 32-year-old Heather Heyer died after white nationalist James Fields rammed his vehicle into a group of unsuspecting counter-protesters.

Ignoring the outcry over his response to the Charlottesville protests, President Trump on Thursday further waded into the controversy, calling it "foolish" to remove "our handsome statues and monuments". However, he later reaffirmed his original take on Charlottesville, saying there were good people on "both sides".

Talking about the taking down of statues, the US President said that George Washington was a slave owner and asked if they would also take down his statue. "I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones". Two Virginia State troopers, Burke M.M. Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen, also were killed when a surveillance helicopter crashed.

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