A group of students on Tuesday night protesting under the banner of Black Lives Matter stormed the Thomas Jefferson statue on the campus of the University of Virginia with a new list of demands and saying the Founding Father is a racist, rapist, and a white supremacist.
Just four weeks prior to this protest, President Donald Trump addressed the press at Trump Tower and predicted that the mainstream media and many on the Left would try to protest and tear down the statues of the Founding Fathers.
“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,” Trump said during the press conference addressing the riots in Charlottesville, VA.
CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta pushed back on Trump, saying, “George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same.”
“George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status?” Trump responded. “Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? […] Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture.”
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