SC Republicans agree with Trump tweets on keeping Confederate monuments

President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York Tuesday Aug. 15 2017

"American history is not all glorious", Rye said, responding to host Kate Bolduan's question, "Is it about statues and monuments?". I love John to death, but I couldn't disagree more about George Washington.

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

"I've condemned neo-Nazis. I've condemned many different groups". "Graves are generally considered a really different situation, obviously, just because of the sacredness that people have around graveyards", he says. "I'm not feeding into white supremacy; I'm calling out white supremacy for what it is". It's unclear when that statue of Taney, a Maryland native, will be removed.

Charlottesville, like many southern towns across the U.S., has grappled with its Confederate legacy and the decision in the past to honor men who fought to keep the institution of slavery alive.

On CNN, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery likened Confederate statues to if we memorialized terrorists. Pat McCrory signed. Only the legislature has the power to repeal this law and return the power for cities to decide if they want these monuments removed.

"To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in our more prominent places - in honor - is an inaccurate recitation of our full past, is an affront to our present and it is a bad prescription for our future", Landrieu said. "That does not advance historical understanding that does not honor the dead". He needs to show true leadership and push City Council to take the statues down.

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

Duke University removes statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee
Officials discovered early Thursday that the statue's face had been gouged and scarred and that part of the nose is missing. Lee statue, one of 10 outside Duke Chapel, was vandalized and defaced late on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, a great-great-grandson of Stonewall Jackson told The Associated Press that he believes the monument to his legendary Confederate ancestor, as well as others in Virginia's capital of Richmond, were constructed as symbols of white supremacy and should be taken down. I wonder is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

In his tweet slamming the news media, Trump argued the media "totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc". Washington owned slaves; he has to go. "And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?", the president added, citing that the former presidents had also been slave owners. "We need to call it what it is", she said.

A statue of George Washington stands near the University of Texas Tower at the center of campus.

But he could have backed up his remark by pointing to something that happened here in NY last fall when demonstrators demanded that the well-known statue of one of his predecessors - Theodore Roosevelt - be taken down from its familiar perch in front of the Museum of Natural History. His family owned six slaves in the 1850s.

The mayor also said this week that she wanted to remove - not destroy - the monuments because she anxious a public destruction could attract racist groups to Baltimore and spark another violent clash. Counter-protesters - including a faction of violent Leftist agitators who typically cover their faces in an effort to intimidate others and have a history of violently disrupting events - marched in opposition to the racist, anti-Semitic white nationalists chanting "blood and soil" and "Jews will not replace us".

Trump's decision to side with those opposed to removing Confederate monuments - even days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis protested the same cause - signaled that he was increasingly confident that he had reacted appropriately in a way that would bolster his standing with his core supporters.The President has faced sagging approval ratings for months, but has maintained fervent support among his political base.

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