How the Trump administration is trying to rewrite history on its own narrative on Charlottesville
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Political pundits are debating how the Trump White House is rewriting history on the day the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s was the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Trump administration on Wednesday issued a statement in support of Confederate monuments and memorials in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist rally led to the deaths of Heather Heyer and other people who were peacefully protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
But the statement was widely criticized as inaccurate and misleading.
Critics said the statement failed to take into account the role of white supremacists in instigating the violence and blamed the president for creating a narrative that was not historically accurate.
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members marched through Charlottesville in August, and at least one of the white nationalists was killed by police.
President Donald Trump said last week that he “strongly condemns” the violence in Charlottesville.
In the White House statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said: “On Aug. 12, 2017, Heather Heyker was killed as she peacefully protested the removal by city leaders of a Confederate statue.
This tragic incident was the result of a violent and hateful mob, which targeted members of a group that historically has espoused white supremacy.””
In response to this horrific act of violence, the President called for a peaceful demonstration on the streets of Charlottesville,” she said.”
Today, we condemn the cowardly act of vandalism and hate that occurred that day.
The President’s call for peaceful protest has not changed.
We will not allow hate to divide us, and we will not be intimidated.”
Critics argued that the White Nationalists’ presence in Charlottesville and the subsequent violence at the statue, which had been removed by city officials on Aug. 15, was part of a long-running effort by the movement to “erase” black people and “undermine the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.”
White nationalist leader Jason Kessler and other white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville in July 2017 to rally against plans to remove the statue of Lee from the Charlottesville Memorial.
A white nationalist member of the march was killed after he was struck by a car and died later that night.
White supremacists held a counter-demonstration in downtown Charlottesville that day, as well.
Political pundits are debating how the Trump White House is rewriting history on the day the civil rights movement of…