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And so to me, I don't care if it's a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue, they all need to come down ... I'm not feeding into white supremacy.

"I'm not finished, John", Rye said.

On Tuesday, the president offered a more vehement reprisal of his initial response to Saturday's bloodshed, telling a news conference "there is blame on both sides" for the violence, and that there were "very fine people" on both sides. Then today (Aug. 15), he doubled-down on his original position, unleashing a tirade of moral equivalency during a Trump Tower press conference in NY. After significant criticism for equating the two sides, Trump issued a statement Monday condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists. But they weren't insane to treat the statue as a vestige of white supremacy. There was a group on this side - you can call them the left, you've just called them the left - that came violently attacking the other group. I don't say they don't deserve to be taught about. What about the fact they came charging - that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?

On the phone to Bannon, Trump asked his chief strategist "where does it end?" according to a source with knowledge of their conversations. "Him bad, me the founding father, the original dad - Who's your daddy? Me!" "He's a good person", he said Tuesday.

"The press has treated them absolutely unfairly", he said of those folks that support the monuments staying where they are.

Brooks and odd also expressed support for Trump's remarks, and unusual seemed to echo the president's assertion that "many sides" were at fault, as he encouraged "Americans to stand together in opposition to those who encourage hate or promote violence".

"I don't think here that any Republican benefits by talking about it or is necessarily hurt by not talking about it", he said.

"It is the winery", he continued.

"Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?".

John Avlon jumped in to warn Rye that she was playing right into "exactly the slippery slope argument" that Trump suggested.

A white supremacist wears a shirt with the slogan "European Brotherhood" at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.

NBC reporter Kristen Donnelly tweeted the image, which was shared thousands of times within a few hours.

Other Trump supporters, including Vice President Mike Pence, have said they stand by the president and his words. They drafted the documents that said our people were endowed with God-given rights from which this nation would be based upon; a totally revolutionary concept to the nations created around monarchies, ethnic groups, and landed aristocracies of Europe.

First off, no one but Trump is talking about talking down statues of the the first and third United States presidents. I think that's going to have a huge, positive impact on race relations. So you know what? That they mean different things to different people is certain, but they are, still, a part of America's history.

To have such defenders says a lot about the cause that Lee represented. In 1865, after his surrender at Appomattox, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was named the college's president, serving until his death in 1870, when the college was renamed Washington and Lee University.

Returning to the point later, Trump made the connection explicit: "This week it's Robert E. Lee". "You.can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? I wonder, is it George Washington next?" Trump asked. "How about Thomas Jefferson?" "Washington and Jefferson have monuments not because of the slaves but because they fought the British, founded the country, and wrote the Declaration of Independence".


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