There are none so blind as those who will not see
A typical bit of obtuseness from the Leftist media below. They refuse to see that Trump was commenting on the diverse makeup of the Charlotteville marchers and pretend that he was calling the extremist minority "good people". There were among the marchers a small minority who displayed swastika and KKK symbols but the great majority did not. They were there simply to protest the escalating attack on historic statues. Trump has consistently commented on that mix but the media simply ignore it, misleading many Republicans as a result.
But it suits the Leftist media to pretend that all the marchers were white supremacists. Given that assumption, what they say has some force. But it is an unproven assumption. None of the marchers interviewed made any supremacist claims. Instead they complained that traditional American culture was being suppressed by Leftist political correctness. They simply wanted liberty from oppression.
So Trump was right. There were sincere and reasonable people on both sides and he refused to tar them all with the "supremacist" brush. It is a legitimate area of disagreement over whether symbols from an unhappy past should be preserved but that disagreement was grievously amplified by a small number of extremists on both sides
After President Trump’s defiant and roundly criticized remarks about a violent rally by white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., Americans are confronting profoundly uncomfortable questions.
Was he giving a sign that he subscribes to the ideology of white supremacy? Or was he attempting to enable the movement because it feeds his political base?
At an angry press conference Tuesday, Trump blamed “both sides’’ — white nationalists and their counterprotesters — for the violence that left one protester dead. He called those who were marching to Nazi chants “very fine people.” And he pulled a page from the white supremacist playbook when he referred to the removal of Confederate monuments as a changing of American “history” and “culture.”
Beyond the immediate shock his statements caused, an intensifying chorus of academics, politicians, and a biographer said years of accumulating evidence indicates that the Trump on display Tuesday was indeed the real Donald Trump, someone who is at the very least accepting of ethnic hatred and white bigotry.
President Trump Again makes himself perfectly clear
He again defies the abusive and unproven media assertion that all the marchers were "white supremacists". Sad that it takes the president to correct a crazed media
Ignoring the outcry over his response to the Charlottesville protests, President Trump on Thursday further waded into the controversy, calling it "foolish" to remove "our beautiful statues and monuments."
In three mid-morning tweets, the president wrote:
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....
"...can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also...
"...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"
While Trump sees them as objects of beauty and history, some other Americans view the statues as monuments to traitors and symbols of hatred, racism, etc.
The newly ignited, not-so-civil war of words has dominated the headlines since Saturday, when critics say Trump failed to properly denounce the white supremacists who rallied against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from a public park in Charlottesville.
In later comments, Trump said not everyone who rallied against the removal of the statue was "bad."
“If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee," Trump said on Tuesday. "I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people -- neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them.
"But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know -- I don't know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn't have a permit.
"So, I only tell you this, there are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country,” Trump said.