After flip-flopping several times, the President went to his go to means of communication, Twitter, and gripped about the removal of Confederate statues. Donald Trump posted on the social media platform recently that,
Trump’s remarks are eerily similar to a popular refrain used by white supremacist groups who are against the removal of Confederate monuments.
His statements seem to lend credence and embolden the white supremacist groups who led a bloody march through the University of Virginia’s campus in Charlottesville, Va. The violence was brought on by the proposed removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Trump went on to say:
Trump’s rants came one day after his personal lawyer sent an email to conservative journalists, government officials, and friends of the President, that painted Lee in glowing terms.
The President initially refused to blame the neo-Nazis or white supremacists in his public remarks for the violence, but faulted them two days later after severe public pressure.
He then went back to his original stance and blamed those who were protesting the white supremacists march equally for the violence that erupted.
Trump stated that the people who were opposed to the statue’s removal were “good people protesting the loss of their culture,” and he wondered if statues honoring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others would be the next ones to be removed.