Charlottesville: Trump accuses the media to have distorted his words

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Later Thursday, Trump sent out a tweet praising the tactics of Gen. John J.

Christian said he would like to see the statues preserved after they are removed from public display.

Officials in several states have called for the removal of public monuments that have become symbols of the Confederacy.

Of Democrats, he said, "I want them to talk about racism every day".

"If Republicans want to be in the majority, it's not a question of sticking from Trump, it's a question of accomplishing things", Rep. Tom Cole, R- Okla., told the newspaper shortly before Trump again claimed both white supremacists and counter-protesters were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

A handful of descendants of Confederate Civil War heroes Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Jefferson Davis are siding with those who believe monuments to their famous ancestors should be pulled down and moved to other settings, such as museums.

As you can see in the timeline below, the number of Confederate memorial installations peaked around 1910 - 50 years after the end of the Civil War and at the height of Jim Crow, an era defined by segregation and disenfranchisement laws against black Americans.

Trump said in his tweet that "Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer".

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

Disagreement over President Donald Trump's reaction to events in Charlottesville, Va., is divided along partisan lines, a survey revealed Thursday.

A political science professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Perry once supported a proposal to keep the monuments up, but with added context, such as plaques with information about slavery and life in the Confederacy to ensure the statues gave an accurate, rather than idealized, version of history.

"And Theresa May can not remain silent while the US President refuses categorically to denounce white supremacists and neo-Nazi violence".

Trump also seems unaware that most Confederate memorials were put up well after the Civil War, with the explicit objective of rewriting the South's ugly legacy.

"Look the alt-right, the neo-Nazis, and all the other groups, who said they are going to be in Boston, and doing other tours around the country - this is a very serious issue in our history".

After the clashes in Charlottesville, a mania against Confederate monuments has swept the country.

The last time there was a loud national conversation about Confederate symbols was following the 2015 shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

"They were constructed to be markers of white supremacy". He also said there were "very fine people, on both sides". Baltimore and New Orleans have led the way, taking down a total of eight statues.

As counter-protesters marched in the city, a vehicle ploughed into them, killing activist Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. And if you don't agree that these are bad people, you're part of the problem. She also advised Trump to "think before you speak".

More than 1,000 people held a rally in response at the Lee-Jackson Monument in Wyman Park Dell Sunday and marched through Charles Village, rebuking the white supremacists and calling for the monument's removal.

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