As a growing number of American cities worked to remove statues commemorating the Confederacy, President Donald Trump defended the statues again Thursday, arguing that removing them uproots American "culture" and history.
Lee and Jackson, another Confederate commander during the 1861-1865 Civil War, have always been celebrated by many white southerners as icons of a lost cause, and reviled by other Americans as traitorous defenders of a slave-holding south. In his tweets, Trump made an argument that white nationalist groups themselves have used for keeping Confederate monuments in public.
For instance, the City of Baltimore yesterday took down four Confederate monuments overnight.
Meanwhile, following his presscon on Tuesday, the US President invited condemnation from close corners after he partly expressed solidarity with white supremacists when he said that the incident could be blamed on both sides.
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She said, "it was important that we move quickly and quietly, and that's what we did".
That the ignominious deed was done in the dead of night (like Bob Irsay's removal of the Baltimore Colts) incenses me and undoubtedly other thoughtful people who appreciate the city's history and works of art.
After condemning the violent protests in Charlottesville last week Gen. Robert E. Lee's great-great grandson suggested that Confederate statues be exhibited in museums, instead of public parks.
The tweets echo a sentiment he touched on during a particularly combative news conference Tuesday when he questioned whether statues of former Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, for example, should be removed as well because they were slaveowners.
"You really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?" he said.