Who's next, George Washington?

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It just so happens that these questions do in fact have answers. So I don't want to rush into a statement.

Objecting to the tearing down of these monuments does not make one a Nazi, or a racist, or even passingly unreasonable, much as Trump's adversaries wish it were so.

'You're changing history. You're changing culture, ' Trump said as he warned against removing the Civil War relics, many of which were erected in the South during the era of Jim Crow laws, which spurred the Civil Rights movement. Do they have any semblance of guilt?. Trump said. "You know, you really do have to ask yourself - where does it stop?" What about the fact they came charging " that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have a problem?

He responded to a reporter's question about "alt-right" violence by condemning the KKK and white nationalism, but also noting that numerous left-wing protesters engaged in similar levels of violence. They assert that a war fought on behalf of slavery was a just one, that the people who fought it were morally upright, and that white supremacy should be cherished as part of Southern "heritage".

The "horrible day" Trump referred to occurred Saturday in Charlottesville after several white supremacists fled to the predominantly liberal city to show their support for the statue of the Confederate general.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 .can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? I noticed that Stonewall Jackson [another Confederate general] is coming down. "I wonder, is George Washington next week, and is Thomas Jefferson the week after?" the president asked.

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"What do you think of Thomas Jefferson?"

Trump continued, "George Washington was a slave owner - wasn't George Washington a slave owner?" That park, site of the famous 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition and future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Library, was named in honor of slave-owner and father of American popular democracy Andrew Jackson in 1881. Are we going to take down - excuse me - are we going to take down statues to George Washington?

"OK, good, are we going to take down the statue - because he was a major slave owner", Trump said. How about Thomas Jefferson? You can't untangle him from the Confederacy. "Now, are we going to take down his statue?"

He concluded, "You're changing history, you're changing culture". For CNN vice president and assistant general counsel Johnita Due, Virginia governor Terry McCauliffe's remarks condemning white nationalists were not enough, for they also included kind words for Washington and Jefferson. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a speech about the monument removal that they had served to gloss over the Confederacy's legacy instead of truly reflecting history. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats.

Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States. The other group didn't have a permit.

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