Some Charlottesville Protesters Were Not White Supremacists, Nazis

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 20, 2017

One neo-Nazi youth drove his 2010 gray Dodge Challenger into crowds of people along a pedestrian mall, as bodies went flying, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.

He took aim at the removal or consideration for removal of Confederate statues and monuments in a long list of cities in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Texas, as well as Washington, D.C.

Trump, echoing remarks he first made earlier this week, made it clear he opposed the campaign.

He said: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments.

So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!" He was referring to two Confederate generals in the Civil War that ended in 1865, and to early USA presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves but whose legacies are overwhelmingly honored.

Graham has also been a frequent critic of Trump.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump: Robert Lee and Stonewall Jackson are not the same as Washington and Jefferson".

President Donald Trump's support among Republicans dropped below 80 percent in two new polls that show his job approval ratings sinking to the lowest level of his presidency. Nobody wants to say that.

The calculation is "does staying hurt me more than leaving?" he added.

The most recent comprehensive study of Confederate statues and monuments across the country was published by the Southern Poverty Law Center a year ago.

To build Confederate statues, says Dailey, in public spaces, near government buildings, and especially in front of court houses, was a "power play" meant to intimidate those looking to come to the "seat of justice or the seat of the law". I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more. Shouldn't opposition to neo-Nazis and white supremacists inspire an even more urgent devotion to principle?

"While Republicans are still largely in Trump's corner, the cautionary tale for the president lies in the softening of support at his base", said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. In an unhinged, unscripted, fiery news conference, Trump declared that many "Unite the Right" protesters were "very fine people" and said the counterprotesters should share blame for the violence.

He once again said there had been "blame on both sides", setting off a political firestorm.

After Trump blasted Graham on Twitter, the senator who was one of Trump's rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination fired back.

In another major sign of discontent within the Republican Party, Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils Wednesday as corporate chiefs began resigning in protest of his racial statements. Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer".

I am far sorrier about the murders of Heather Heyer in Virginia, of Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche in Portland, of Richard Collins III in Maryland and Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas - killed by those spewing hatred.

Graham had said the USA president "took a step backward" Tuesday "by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally" and people like Heyer.

Flake has often been a detractor of Trump since he announced his candidacy for president.

Flake, who is running for re-election in Arizona, wrote Tuesday: "We can't accept excuses for white supremacy & acts of domestic terrorism".

As President Trump doubled down on his defense of Confederate statues and monuments this week, he overlooked an important fact noted by historians: The majority of the memorials seem to have been built with the intention not to honor fallen soldiers, but specifically to further ideals of white supremacy.

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