Historians Question Trump's Comments on Confederate Monuments

Historians Question Trump's Comments on Confederate Monuments

So, will George Washington now lose his status?

Tuesday morning, on Trump's favorite show, "Fox & Friends", guest and rumored new Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked, "How long before they show up at Monticello, where I spent three years in law school at Charlottesville in Virginia?"

Later, he again brought up Washington and Jefferson, noting they were both slave owners.

Trump spoke about his plans for American infrastructure but the press conference quickly turned, after Trump opened it up to questions, to Saturday's events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Several CEOs serving on Trump's manufacturing council, beginning with Merck CEO Ken Frazier, resigned this week in protest of Trump's response to the Charlottesville violence.

"What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands", Trump said of Antifa protesters. Their stated cause was preserving a statue of a man who committed treason against our country: Robert E. Lee. What I'm saying is this: You had a group on one side, and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs, and it was vicious and it was frightful, and it was a terrible thing to watch. "I think the press treats him very unfairly". "You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent", Trump said. "I think there's blame on both sides".

"I thought what took place was a awful moment for our country".

Here are nine mind-boggling moments from the president's remarks Tuesday.

Speaking out to TMZ on Wednesday, Curt Viebranz - a rep at Mount Vernon (Washington's estate) - said Trump's connection between the two historical figures is off-base. You really have to ask yourself: "Where does it stop?" "They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody's freedom of speech, so it doesn't bother me that they got hurt at all".

- The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) August 15, 2017REPORTER: Are you putting the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?

"You can call it terrorism".

Jerome Almon, who sent an email comparing George Washington to Robert E. Lee to Trump lawyer John Dowd, is seen in a 2013 photo from his Twitter page. "You want to say, 'What if you weren't sensitive enough to the Holocaust, we should take down all the statues of Franklin Delano Roosevelt?' You could make an argument for that". "I want to know the facts". You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict, that's what I would call it, because there is a question, is it murder, is it terrorism? And it's a very, very important process to me. And then you get into legal semantics.

He pulled the statement he had made Saturday out of his pocket and re-read it, but left out the part when he said "many sides" were responsible for the weekend's violence. The driver of the vehicle is a murderer.