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BBC: Trump defends ‘beautiful’ Civil War statues

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Trump defends ‘beautiful’ Civil War statues

Statue in TennesseeImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption This Civil War statues have prompted protests for many years

US President Donald Trump has denounced the removal of "beautiful" Confederate statues amid a heated national debate about US race relations.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments," he tweeted.

"You can't change history, but you can learn from it," he continued.

Mr Trump drew outrage by defending organisers of a white supremacist rally that left a woman dead and dozens hurt.

The rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, supported by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, was in protest of the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, a general who had fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War.

It turned deadly when a driver ploughed into a crowd of counter protesters, inflicting fatal injuries on Heather Heyer.

"Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!" Mr Trump continued in a series of tweets on Thursday.

"The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"

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His comments came after a week of turmoil over his response to the violent clashes in the small Virginia town.

Mr Trump was criticised for blaming both sides for the violence, but belatedly condemned the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups on Monday.

But during a heated news conference on Tuesday he backtracked and again blamed left-wing counter-protesters for the incident, too.

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Cathedral Bobby

I wonder if in the minds of most people Trump Tower is considered a Civil War statue, certainly it is a symbol of bigotry, racism and misogyny :P

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Nothing like erasing your already thin history.  Give it a few years and people will be moaning that the struggles of their ancestors has gone and they are being forgotten.  

Historybis just that, history.  It isn't all good and in line with our current morals or social norms but it serves as a lesson on how to continue developing a progressive society

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15 minutes ago, Funkywingnut said:

Nothing like erasing your already thin history.  Give it a few years and people will be moaning that the struggles of their ancestors has gone and they are being forgotten.  

Historybis just that, history.  It isn't all good and in line with our current morals or social norms but it serves as a lesson on how to continue developing a progressive society

I think the problem in in the US is it seems to have greater polarisation within the population. In some respects people will rightly want to celebrate Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson for being great generals, sadly they fought to uphold a system which held slavery front and centre to its prosperity. Napoleon by most are seen as a tyrant but he is a hero in France. But within the US the alt-right has taken over Lee, Jackson and the confederate flag as symbols for their own warped view of the world making it difficult for these statues to be maintained for the original purpose they were created. Now once more the alt-right and Trump have ensured their removal from every landscape. Neither of the two generals fought to maintain slavery, but because they felt their homeland, their state was invaded by the North.

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