After Charlottesville remarks, USA religious conservatives defend Donald Trump

Frederick Owens
August 22, 2017

Further alienating his own party members, President Donald Trump decried on Thursday the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions.

Earlier this week, Trump disbanded two separate business advisory councils after eight prominent CEOs resigned from one in response to his remarks.

"Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?"

"So, this week it's Robert E. Lee", Trump said.

CNN's Jake Tapper started off his State of the Union program Sunday morning with an interview with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, sure, but not somebody who had ever endorsed Trump. "I am repulsed by the violence promulgated in Charlottesville by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups".

On Thursday, in response to Trump's attack, Graham said in a statement, "Because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country". So adding this up, half of Trump's supporters had at least some sympathy for the Neo-Nazis who marched upon Charlottesville. She also advised Mr Trump to "think before you speak". During the aftermath, Trump attracted outrage from those on the left and right when he claimed "both sides" were to blame for the violence.

He also accused one Republican senator of a "disgusting lie" and plugged a primary opponent of another GOP critic.

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'President Donald J. Trump will address our Nation's troops and the American people tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. from Fort Myer in Arlington, VA, to provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia, ' the release said. "He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of SC will remember!" "Communities, including those in states like North Carolina, should be able to remove the icons they deem offensive without interference from the state legislature or reprimand from Donald Trump".

Trump has become so toxic that the Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, implored the president not to visit the city in a planned event next week.

While Trump condemned the neo-Nazi and white supremacists who protested, he insisted there were "very fine people" among those protesting the removal of Lee's statue in Charlottesville. "The people of SC will remember!"

We also need to distinguish and give even more attention to Confederate monuments that truly are aimed at memorializing history, not distorting it. "And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans".

"I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues", he tweeted.

"He needs to say in a very straightforward way: 'This is what I believe, and this is why.' There is a role, and we all know this, for idealism in the American presidency". "The White House would be well-served to embrace the character, the substance of someone like Senator Flake".

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