Keep Your Divisive Statements Out of Charlottesville — McAuliffe to Trump


In Birmingham, Alabama, a 52-foot-tall (15-meter) obelisk honoring Confederate soldiers and sailors was covered by wooden panels at the mayor's order. A stone column topped by a Confederate statue looms stands outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Four people have been arrested and authorities say more arrests are planned. But there's no backlash. His disapproval rate has not substantially changed all year. And it's one thing for a statue to be merely a resting place for pigeons; it's another for it to be a fighting cause for neo-Nazis. Yet more needs to be done.

The Confederate flag is coming to mean something to everybody now. But neither criticized the president's insistence that there were "very fine people on both sides" of the violent weekend clash in Virginia.

Pennsylvania park officials reportedly had no plans to remove the 1,300 statues, markers, and plaques in The Gettysburg National Military Park.

Less than 10 percent favor a nuclear first strike. Fewer than one in 10 symbols are in states that remained in the Union during the Civil War.

There's a reason Steve Bannon loves this issue.

Flake, who is running for re-election in Arizona, wrote Tuesday: "We can't accept excuses for white supremacy & acts of domestic terrorism".

"I sense that there is now an overwhelming momentum to have these statues, both the Lee statue and the Jackson statue, removed from the center of our city", said Ben Doherty, an organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

The group also is seeking to rename dozens of streets, buildings and institutions. And he's kept his base.

17, Trump took to social media to defend Confederate statues. A strong majority of Americans favors keeping them standing.

If you are doubting our ability to prevail, spend a few moments listening to Heather Heyer's mother's eulogy.

Opponents call the statues a festering symbol of racism, while supporters say they honor American history.

This backlash is pretty much expected. Some of them simply should be trashed; others transmitted to museums, battlefields and cemeteries. In May, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that required a committee to sign off on any modifications to historic structures. So people will keep that opinion to themselves. After Charlottesville, it's time to revisit his advice. "Stonewall" Jackson had been astride their war horses.

Trump remains an extremely divisive figure. We are home to Mt. Vernon, Monticello and Montpelier.

I often turn to him to help me understand the political football that goes on in Washington.

There is an important distinction to be made between remembering history and trying to revive it. There also is a distinction between famous warriors and famous patriots.

Our history is our history. Ghosts could emerge from Arlington Cemetery to protest that "We were supposed to be his memorial". George Washington was a slave owner. "They were constructed to make black people fearful", Jack Christian said. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not.

A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Duke University was found defaced on Thursday. But I know it won't happen with angry mobs.

Publicly criticizing the president and resigning from his councils is a significant step for big-name corporate leaders.

Robert E. Lee V, an athletic director at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, the great-great-grandson of the Confederate general, said the family hates to see the statues be a source of division. It's not all about forgiveness.