Trump's Confederate Monument Defense in Tweets

Trump's Confederate Monument Defense in Tweets

President Donald Trump's comments defending "beautiful" Confederate monuments is fueling the anger that is already building in Boston ahead of a "Free Speech" rally on the Common on Saturday.

Trump's embattled chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who has been accused of links to white nationalists, earlier described those who rallied in Virginia as "clowns" in a rare interview.

Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas have all announced they are removing Confederate symbols throughout their states following the deadly Charlottesville protest.

A white supremacist rally that took place in the city over the removal of a bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee ended in violence, and led to the death of Heather Heyer, killed by a man driving a auto into a group of counter-protesters. "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". Some also said that continuing to have statues dedicated to the Confederacy is a painful reminder of white supremacy, and keeping them in place continues that legacy. "You can't change history, but you can learn from it", Trump wrote.

But it's not only our southern neighbors who have to deal with Confederate monuments.

"So you know what, it's fine", Trump said Tuesday.

Graham followed that with a series of tweets approving of Wednesday comments by Trump about Heyer, but he also urged Trump to "fix" his handling of the Charlottesville response. The violence resulted in one fatality, when 32-year-old Heather Heyer died after white nationalist James Fields rammed his vehicle into a group of unsuspecting counter-protesters.

In a statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the statues "reprehensible" and said Republicans should work to remove them. Sen.

While General Lee owned slaves and led a rebellion against his country, Douglass escaped slavery and became a world-renowned abolitionist and champion of freedom.

"Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed from the CUNY hall of great Americans because New York stands against racism", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted.

But on Tuesday, Mr Trump reverted to his initial public posture and blamed "both sides" for the violence.