President Trump has been condemning the violence that took place between far-right and far-left factions last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, that doesn’t mean the president is willing to just step aside and let important figures in American history get swept away to the trash-bin of “offensive” history.
In a series of back and forth statements with reporters, Trump disputed the logic of taking down these statues. “George Washington was a slave owner,” reminded Trump. “So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? Are we going to take down his statue because he was a major slave owner? Are we going to take down his statue?”
The original purpose of the event at Charlottesville was to protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from a park located downtown. Although the situation quickly escalated into a much larger debate regarding extremism in America, Trump hasn’t forgotten the original point of the matter – protecting our history.
“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,” Trump said to one reporter.
It’s not accurate, justified, or reasonable to judge previous generations, some hundreds of years ago, by the standards of modern society. As egregious as slavery was, denying the contributions that these figures made to the founding of our nation is reprehensible and dishonest.
Trump went on to say that despite the violence, there were many well-intentioned people from both sides, as well as violent people from both sides.
“You look at both sides, I think there is blame on both sides,” said the president. “I have no doubt about it; you don’t have doubt about it either. If you reported it accurately, you would say that.”
“You had a group on one side and the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible. It was a horrible thing to watch. There is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the Left…that came violently attacking the other group,” he asserted.
Trump accurately described both sides of the situation, including violence from Antifa, a side of the story the mainstream news is especially reluctant to cover.
Of course, taking down “offensive” statues only seems to apply to specific figures in the past. No one seems to be clamoring to take down statues of Communist figures such as Vladimir Lenin (there is one such statue in Hollywood), who championed an ideology that has claimed tens of millions of lives in the past century.
President Trump has been condemning the violence that took place between far-right and far-left factions last weekend in Charlottesville, but the media continues to blast him as a racist. Has media coverage of the incident been balanced?
President Trump went on to condemn the one-sided reporting of the media on this topic. He stated to a group of reporters: “Unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.”
Besides standing up for the truth, our president’s courage and boldness in defending the proud history of this country is commendable, and a refreshing change from previous administrations. The question now is this: Can the country be saved by genuine talk, or is it too far gone?