Trump slams GOP senators, laments loss of statues' 'beauty' in cities

Claudine Rigal
Août 21, 2017

The Tennessee Republican, typically an ally of the White House, warned: "Our nation is going to go through great peril" if Trump can not show that he understands "what has made this nation great".

He added: 'I think the driver of the auto is a disgrace... you can call it terrorism, you can call it murder, you can call it whatever you want'. Support for impeachment also grew among independents, from 27% to 38%.

Trump is still facing a political firestorm for doubling down on Tuesday on his claims that "both sides" were at fault for the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, even after one alleged white nationalist was charged with murder after ramming his auto into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old Heather Heyer. "Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee".

Trump also embraced white supremacists' chief fear: that their once-dominant "culture" is being supplanted. The US intelligence community has been unanimous in its assessment that Russian Federation did indeed interfere.

Donald Trump risked further inflaming America's race divide yesterday with a Twitter tirade echoing far right arguments in defending what he described as "beautiful" Confederate monuments. Ronald Reagan is considerably more popular and is viewed as the best representative of GOP principles and values.

"Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred", she said.

Mr Trump, who is known to try to change the focus of news coverage with an attention-grabbing declaration, sought to shift focus from the white supremacists to the future of statues.

Their resolution specifically cites Trump comments blaming "many sides" for the violence in Virginia and his failure to say white supremacists or neo-Nazis were responsible for "domestic terrorism", according to ABC News.

Donald Trump has said U.S. history and culture is being "ripped apart" by the removal of statues.

"Well done", the SC lawmaker said Thursday morning, referring to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in a auto attack on Saturday.

The clashes have energized local movements to remove Confederate statues from public areas across the country, who insist the monuments celebrate the Civil War defense of slavery and are a lasting symbol of white supremacy.

In it, delivered through prepared remarks that he read two days after Heyer's death, Trump said he condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence, describing them as "criminals and thugs" and declaring their actions "repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans".

"No, I'll be reaching out", Trump said.

"The President's Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward", a White House official said.

"The driver of the auto is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country", Trump said.

Trump called Heyer "truly special" Wednesday on Twitter after being criticized for not responding more directly to her family. Susan Bro's message comes as the pressure mounts on Donald Trump for his belated condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville, US correspondent Kate Fisher tells us.

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