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Social Media Reacts to Trump's Comments on Confederate Statues

21 August 2017

He also was not known to have cared much about preserving Confederate statues until a few days after a rally by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in support of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.

That day, Trump tweeted, "Memorial service today for lovely and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman".

He added: 'I think the driver of the vehicle is a disgrace... you can call it terrorism, you can call it murder, you can call it whatever you want'.

Stoney said he applauded the descendants of Confederate leaders for supporting his call to move the monuments.

The problem with Trump's argument though, as the executive director of the American Historical Association told CNN's John Berman on Wednesday, is that comparing Jackson and Lee to Washington and Jefferson is a "specious comparison" at best.

On Tuesday, Trump also expressed his opposition to dismantling the Confederate monuments of commanders in a press briefing during which he accused both the white nationalists and counter protesters for being responsible for Charlottesville violence.

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Mr Graham had said Mr Trump "took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency" between the marching white supremacists and the people who had been demonstrating against them.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments", he tweeted shortly after 9 a.m.

Amid calls for the toppling of confederate statues, several cities continue to plan the removal of symbols honoring figures in America's history of racism. It led to the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism".

Protesters in Durham, North Carolina tore down a statue commemorating Confederate veterans on Monday, and the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues in the overnight hours on Wednesday.

'We are writing to say that we understand justice very differently from our grandfather's grandfather, and we wish to make it clear his statue does not represent us, ' they added.

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But the belief that white people are victims ignores the structural reality of racism in the U.S., he added.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, pointed to her Saturday tweet about the mayhem in Charlottesville in which she said that the violence and bigotry displayed there was an affront to American values. An unsurprising seventy-seven percent of African-Americans said the president's response was inadequate, in contrast to the 13 percent who said it was enough.

"You put up monuments to honour a person or cause and you take them down when you think that person or cause should no longer be honoured", said Phil Wilayto, founding member of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Meanwhile in Charlottesville last night, new lights shone on the University of Virginia campus as thousands of people gathered for a candlelight "Take Back the Lawn" vigil in the same spot where, on Friday night, torch-wielding white supremacists and neo-Nazis had marched, chanting, "Jews will not replace us".

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Social Media Reacts to Trump's Comments on Confederate Statues