US President Donald Trump is upset about a move to pull down statues of Confederate heroes such as this one of General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
US President Donald Trump is upset about a move to pull down statues of Confederate heroes such as this one of General Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. Julia Rendleman

Trump mourns statues the South's hero opposed

DONALD Trump has waded back into the storm around his tweets over violence in Charlottesville a week ago.

This time he's saying the removal of statues of Confederates makes him "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart”.

The irony is that General Robert E Lee opposed monuments commemorating the Confederates after the South lost the war. He said it left the wounds of war open as the country was healing and coming together.

Lee commanded the Confederate Army in the Civil War which was fought largely over race and slavery.

Mr Trump's remarks come as the White House tries to manage the fallout from his response to the racially charged protests and as he continues to isolate himself amid widespread criticism.

Under pressure from advisers, the President pulled back slightly on Monday and condemned far-right extremist groups, two days after he had refused to single out white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

By Tuesday he was back to his combative stance and then a burst of tweets on Thursday renewed his criticism of efforts to remove memorials and tributes to the Civil War Confederacy.

"Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish,” Mr Trump tweeted.

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

Some observers suggested that was implying keeping the statues up would be a reminder of the country's Civil War bloodshed and the scourge of slavery.

But as with so many tweets from the President, there is little clarity. - INM



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