'George Washington Was a Slave Owner,' Compares Washington to Robert E. Lee

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 16, 2017

Trump has been under fire for his slow, plodding response to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was murdered and another 19 injured, and the perfunctory statement he grudgingly read almost 72 hours after the death.

Then he criticized the "alt-left", a farcical delineation used to put counter-protesters on the same playing field as the white supremacists who were beating unarmed black people in the streets. They were strong backers of his election, and continue to support his presidency. "We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon".

"Are we going to take down statues to George Washington?".

To those who would remove such statues: "You're changing history, you're changing culture". "George Washington was a slave owner", Trump told the media.

It's true: Washington did, indeed, own slaves starting at age 11, according to MountVernon.org, the website for the president's home. "So will George Washington now lose his status?" he asked.

"You look at both sides, I think there is blame on both sides. Now are we going to take down his statue?" Trump said. "How about Thomas Jefferson, what do you think of Thomas Jefferson, do you like him? You like him? He was a major slave owner, so we'll take down his statue". Now, are we gonna take down his statue?

"You also had some very fine people, on both sides", he said.

One white supremacist shouted, "You sound like a n--" at counterprotesters. "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. Trump said, noting both American icons were slaveholders in Virginia. I have no doubt about it; you don't have doubt about it either.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the - as you say, the alt-right?"

Referring again to the white supremacists who organized the rally in Charlottesville, Trump said, "They were there to protest - you take a look the night before - they were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee". "When David Duke and white supremacists cheer, you're doing it very very wrong".

TRUMP: I'm not putting anybody on a moral plane. I would find this more awesome if my expectations had not already sunk so low you would need James Cameron and his bathysphere to find them. But there is another side. In the other group also, you had some fine people, but you had some troublemakers, and when you see them coming with the black outfits, and the helmets, and the baseball bats, you've got a lot of bad people in the other group, too. You can say what you want.

I didn't wait long. So I don't want to rush into a statement. "You could make an argument for that". And it's a very, very important process to me. So I don't want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement.

On Tuesday, the President said that "before I make a statement, I like to know the facts". Instead, he chose to condemn violence "on many sides". After widespread criticism, Trump on Monday made another statement, denouncing neo-Nazis and KKK members as "repugnant" and specifically calling out the "hatred and bigotry" at the rally. They assert that a war fought on behalf of slavery was a just one, that the people who fought it were morally upright, and that white supremacy should be cherished as part of Southern "heritage".

"I think the driver of the vehicle is a disgrace to himself, his family, and his country", Mr Trump said.

The press availability was a complete train wreck, as Trump went on at length defending his reprehensible remarks and refusing to directly confront racism and his racist support base.

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