Trump on Confederate monuments: Beauty is being taken out of our cities

Trump on Confederate monuments: Beauty is being taken out of our cities”

Critics said monuments to the Confederacy were racially offensive, but supporters said they were important symbols preserving Southern heritage.

The belated general repeatedly opposed plans to build monuments in honor of himself, Stonewall Jackson and other confederate leaders following the war, according to CNN's Chris Boyette.

"I am saddened, devastated, and heartbroken over the removal of our history", said Cdr.

Protesters in Durham, North Carolina made headlines after tearing down a monument engraved with the phrase "The Confederate States of America".

Trump's latest tweets pile more fuel on a political firestorm ignited by the president's attempts to shift blame for deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to anti-racism counter-protesters. And you had people - and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists - because they should be condemned totally. The rebellion did not end until 1913, and the region was still chaotic for decades after Pershing's time there - indicating that even if the tactics took place, they did not work. You don't have doubt about it either.

'We just want people to know that the Lee family just really wants to send their best to the people in Charlottesville'. They showed up in Charlottesville.

Vice President Mike Pence
Flickr Gage Skidmore Vice President Mike Pence

"Maybe it's appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard", he added.

"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent". I saw the same pictures as you did.

After Trump defended neo-Nazis and white supremacists yesterday, politicians on both sides of the aisle reacted with disgust and condemnation.

Mr Trump's presidency has been engulfed in controversy over his response to the weekend's events in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville.

This past weekend, Charlottesville was drawn into the worldwide spotlight when a rally uniting members of groups including white supremacists and neo-Nazis turned violent, resulting in a vehicle plowing into a crowd of pedestrians, killing Heather Heyer. Two Virigina state police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash while patrolling the protests.

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