Donald Trump compared taking down a statue of Robert E. Lee to a statue of George Washington during a press conference on Tuesday, August 15. The President was initially talking about infrastructure when the topic changed to the recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended with several people injured and one woman killed.
Trump told one reporter, “I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it. And you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I'll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”
He continued, “They were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. This week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop.”
Source: The Hill