President Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville protest may have sent the left-wing media into a tizzy, but his statements still raised several, valid concerns. For one, Trump questioned what monument will end up being torn down next, as protesters continue to demand statues commemorating the Confederacy be removed from cities across the US. Trump stated, “Is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You have to ask yourself, ‘Where does it stop?’”
The president continued by pointing out both Washington and Jefferson were known slave-owners and stated further, “You’re changing history; you’re changing culture, and I’m not talking about the neo-nationalists or the neo-Nazis because they should be condemned totally. But you had people in that group other than neo-Nazis—other than white nationalists, ok? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”
The Charlottesville-protest violence has sparked debate across the country. Trump pointed out that while the mainstream media has been quick to shame the alt-right groups, which were protesting the removal of a Confederate monument, what’s been left largely out of debate is the fact counter-protesters showed up with “clubs in their hands.”
While the act of driving a car into counter-protesters is reprehensible, Trump questioned whether or not “the alt-left” also carried some of the blame for how that day unfolded. He stated, “Let me ask you this. What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs—do they have any problem? I think they do. So as far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”
Trump’s comments on the protest are refreshing; he’s condemned the violence and animosity that comes from both sides of the aisle. He even questioned how far this “monument-shaming” will go. It doesn’t actually erase the past when taking down Confederate monuments, but it does set the stage for a future of revisionist history.