Republicans, Dems split on Trump's response to Virginia attack

Republicans, Dems split on Trump's response to Virginia attack

Republicans, Dems split on Trump's response to Virginia attack

In an apparent bid to move discussion away from the actions of white supremacists, Mr Trump fired off a series of tweets on Thursday about the future of the statues.

Christian said he would like to see the statues preserved after they are removed from public display. If the country fails this time, I am not convinced we will have another chance.

In the wake of that encounter, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution this week calling for the removal of the city's monuments to the Confederacy.

Interviews for this poll were conducted both before and after protests turned violent in Charlottesville over the weekend, but before Trump's press conference Tuesday doubling down on his comments blaming "both sides" for the clash.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017.can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? Fewer than one in 10 symbols are in states that remained in the Union during the Civil War.

The mayor had previously said he thought the monuments should stay but have context added about what they represent and why they were built, but changed course after the events in Charlottesville, where white supremacists rallied after the city voted to remove of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Trump tweeted that he was sad to see America's "history and culture" being, in his words, "ripped apart".

Trump also seems unaware that most Confederate memorials were put up well after the Civil War, with the explicit goal of rewriting the South's ugly legacy. "We don't want any of these groups at the park, quite frankly", referring to white nationalists groups and the KKK.

At Saturday's rally, former KKK leader David Duke said: "We are determined to take our country back".

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Heyer, 32, was killed on Saturday when a auto plowed into a group demonstrating against a white supremacist rally.

Personally, I refuse to believe any "very fine" people would have walked side-by-side with people brandishing swastikas and chanting, "Jews will not replace us".

In a separate statement, Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great-grandson of the Confederate president Jefferson Davis told CNN the statues should be removed to a museum if they are "offensive to a large majority of the public".

"In fact in this country, in this county, Broward County, in South Florida, there is an issue coming up in the next two weeks - not to remove statues, but to remove the names of streets in the city of Hollywood, Florida that are named after Confederate folks".

As counter-protesters marched in the city, a auto ploughed into them, killing activist Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.

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

It was also Southern "culture", as Trump put it, to fly the Confederate flag at their state capitols; some even used it as a model for their state flags.

The experts who jointly signed the statement are Sabelo Gumedze, Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; and Ms Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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