Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trump defends the Confederacy by equating Robert E. Lee to George Washington

Yesterday, conservative President Donald Trump, showed his real self  in a press conference.   When addressing the Charlottesville  riots, Trump revealed he sympathized with the Nazis.  (Here's the CNN transcript.) Perhaps the most outrageous and egregious thing he did was to morally equate Robert E. Lee with George Washington. Here's what he said.

"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.
QUESTION: George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same (inaudible)...
TRUMP: George Washington was a slave-owner. Was George Washington a slave-owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down -- excuse me -- are we going to take down -- are we going to take down statues to George Washington?
TRUMP: How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?
TRUMP: OK. Good. Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave-owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So you know what? It's fine. You're changing history. You're changing culture. And you had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.+

Hey President Trump, you blonde haired, orange skin idiot. Comparing Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson means you see them in the same light. Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson fought for the Confederacy. The Confederacy wanted to tear America apart and preserve slavery. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were Founding Fathers and created our country. Equating Lee and Jackson to Washington and Jefferson is Trump's way of supporting the Confederacy. Lee and Jackson should not be honored with monuments for fighting for slavery. And while Washington and Jefferson were flawed because they had slaves, they created our created our great democracy.

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