Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Trump doubles down on 'both sides' rhetoric about Charlottesville: Dale

Trump doubles down on 'both sides' rhetoric about Charlottesville: Dale

Donald Trump's press conference from Trump Tower this morning began as a discussion about his plans for infrastructure spending and job creation. Are we going to take down-excuse me-are we going to take down-are we going to take down statues to George Washington?

"You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name", Trump said during one spat with a reporter. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? "And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?", the president added, citing that the former presidents had also been slave owners. "So will George Washington now lose his status?" he asked. Are we going to take down the statue?

"He's making false equivalencies when he's trying to say people will start taking down Thomas Jefferson and George Watson because he's comparing it to Founding Fathers, versus people who fought to secede from the thing that the Founding Fathers tried to create", he said. Because he was a major slave-owner.

"It's very good to have a clear understanding of those rights, and what is wrong, so we can teach our children what is right or what is wrong", he said. "It's fine. You are changing history; you're changing culture". In a statement then, Trump decried violence from "many sides" of the protests.

In Washington's will, he wrote that all his slaves should be freed after his wife's death.

"This week it's Robert E. Lee, I noticed Stonewall Jackson is coming down".

These men, and others like them, sought to tear asunder the United States to preserve an economic and social system premised upon a belief in white supremacy and built on the enslavement of another race.

In his comments, Trump lamented the push to take down Confederate statues.

"George Washington was a slave owner".

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments", Trump tweeted, doubling down on comments he made earlier in the week to reporters at Trump Tower.

There were tweets in favor of Trump's Washington argument. Was George Washington a slave owner? "Now are we going to take down his statue?" "As far as I am concerned, that was a frightful, terrible day".

"You also had some very fine people, on both sides", he said. Trump said. "Do they have any semblance of guilt?"

The rally took a deadly turn on Saturday, when apparent white supremacist James Fields drove his auto into a crowd of counter protesters. She was plowed down by an alt-right advocate who also injured several other counter-protestors during the incident. Trump and McAullife agreed "the hate and division must stop".

Tuesday's press conference was the third time Trump addressed the Charlottesville riots. However, he claimed Tuesday the "far-left" is equally to blame for the violence that occurred.

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

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