Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

President Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments 'so foolish'

President Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments 'so foolish'

He returned to his combative stance Tuesday - insisting anew that "both sides" were to blame.

"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. "And they are inappropriate in a society that is supposed to stand for rights and decency".

The president was met with a torrent of criticism when he spoke out on Tuesday in defense of the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend for a "Unite the Right" rally. A 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, who was protesting the neo-Nazis, was killed when a auto plowed into a crowd at high speed. Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident. While Trump condemned the neo-Nazi and white supremacists who protested, he insisted there were "very fine people" among those protesting the removal of Lee's statue in Charlottesville. A few months ago, the park was renamed Emancipation Park. Far more Republicans (78 per cent) than Democrats (27 per cent) object to the statue's removal. "We feel strongly that Gen".

"You need to know where you've been to know where you're going", Phillips said.

This decision follows the vandalism of the statue on Duke's campus Wednesday, and rising tensions in Durham after a group of protesters in Durham toppled a Confederate monument Monday evening. "You are changing history, you're changing culture".

Jack Christian told the AP that he's pleased the Richmond mayor is now saying the city will consider removing or relocating its Confederate statues.

"Yes, these were all slaveholders and in that sense, Washington and Jefferson were deeply flawed individuals", he said.

"I didn't. I don't think you liked what I said but that's not what I said", Rye concluded.

Hayes-Davis said he understood why people are upset by Confederate symbols including the flag.

Confederate monuments aren't just located in parks and cemeteries in the states of the Old South.

"But they don't put up statues of those guys because the statues are meant to symbolize white supremacy and putting up a statue of a black doesn't fit". "I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down". That's because the ancestors of the good people of these two states helped defeat the Confederacy and helped end the atrocity of slavery in this country.

In a statement, the Lee family said the life of the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia "was about duty, honor and country".

"They fought and died for a cause that wasn't necessarily for slavery, it was defending their homeland from northern invaders", said Bill Phillips, a local history buff and expert on High Point during the civil war era.

Chaos broke out at the Charlottesville rally, which included neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members, and is believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade.

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