Washington, Jefferson Statues 'Need to Come Down — CNN Commentator

Washington, Jefferson Statues 'Need to Come Down — CNN Commentator

Are we going to take down ... statues to George Washington?

"So this week it's Robert E. Lee", Trump said.

Trump has been under fire for his slow, plodding response to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was murdered and another 19 injured, and the perfunctory statement he grudgingly read almost 72 hours after the death.

He added, "You're changing history".

Historians have suggested that while George Washington had some similarities to the two leaders, it was "ridiculous" to conflate him with them. So will George Washington now lose his status? "It falls apart on the fundamental level that George Washington devoted his life to trying to unite our nation".

Those who want to keep statues to Confederate leaders on public grounds love their slippery slope arguments.

Bolduan then went slightly off-topic with guest Farai Chideya, asking her about white nationalist's beliefs that America needed to be taken back to the days of white supremacy, which Chideya dismissed as an inaccurate belief. Over the weekend a statue of Thomas Jefferson at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia was vandalized. We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Now, are we gonna take down his statue?

"You're changing history, you're changing culture", Trump warned. Now he is engaged in false moral equivalency to such an extent that he is receiving praise from David Duke and white supremacists around the country, and he is acting like a cable-TV shouting head instead of offering words of courage and comfort to a saddened country.

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"I think there's blame on both sides", he said, adding specifically that James Fields, the driver of the vehicle that killed Heather Heyer at the protests, is a "murderer".

"Blaming "both sides" for #Charlottesville?! No".

Trump said while he condemned the neo-Nazi elements of the protest, some protesters were there for acceptable purposes. Under the subject line "The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville", the email said: "You can not be against General Lee and be for General Washington (because) there literally is no difference between the two men".

TRUMP: "I went through 17 senators, governors, and I won all the primaries". "They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry. etc. Shame!" But there is another side. There is a way to recognize-I'm not - I'm not - no, no, no, but I'm not - I'm going to finish my point. Not make a quick statement.

"The President's press conference today made plain that the statement he gave on Saturday is what he really believes".

He continued: "So you know what, it's fine. The fact is had they won you would have had an independent nation overseeing the largest and most powerful system of slavery in the modern world". The president's personal lawyer was even more explicit, circulating an email that directly equated Washington with Lee. "I want the facts". The comparison, now made by both the president and his attorney, is deeply offensive for some reasons that should be obvious to everyone and others better known to historians.

Anonymous said it will continue to take down white supremacist websites and vowed to track down owner and editor of neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin. "Honestly, everybody involved in this fake racial war is a loser".

Trump posed an important question to reporters during a press briefing Tuesday. Instead, he added the men who created America to his long list of people who have been smeared in defense of his huge ego.

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