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President Donald Trump dug in defiantly on Thursday in his response to racial violence in Virginia, echoing the position of white nationalists by intensifying his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy.

Trump tweeted that publicity seeking Graham falsely accused him of saying there was moral equivalency between the white supremacists, the KKK, and the neo-Nazis.

Two men who say there are great-great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson have published an open letter asking the Richmond mayor to remove a statue to their forefather in the town. "That doesn't heal, and I think that's a mistake to focus on those".

Historians note that there are two peak periods of Confederate monument building in the United states: one between 1890 and 1920, as Jim Crow was being established and the power of the KKK was at its zenith, and again during the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.

Instead, Trump suggested that the "alt-left" had an equal role in the violence, and also stated that if Lee's statue could be taken down then former Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson's could as well.

Instead, it took almost 48 hours until Trump stuck to the script and brought down the hammer: "Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs - including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans", he said.

US President Donald Trump said he was against the removal of Confederate monuments in the country.

As president, Trump should want no part of the lie that the Confederate statues dotting the South and elsewhere try to tell.

As has been reported exhaustively over the past few weeks, the erection of statues across the country honoring the Confederacy - mostly in the extreme South - was not in honor of the history and culture of the United States of America.

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He didn't say there were very good people among neo-Nazi protesters.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, pointed to her Saturday tweet about the mayhem in Charlottesville in which she said that the violence and bigotry displayed there was an affront to American values.

Heyer, 32, was killed on Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a group demonstrating against a white supremacist rally. Because his gut empathy for white grievances - even when coming from neo-Nazis - is, as usual, based on historical amnesia and distorted facts.

Cities throughout the country - from Boston, Massachusetts to Jacksonville, Florida - are actively considering removing Confederate monuments.

The violent fracas in the Virginia college town ended in tragedy when a 20-year-old suspected Nazi sympathiser, James Fields, ploughed his auto into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead and 19 others injured.

Protesters in Durham, North Carolina tore down a statue commemorating Confederate veterans on Monday, and the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues in the overnight hours on Wednesday.

Some of those in the group said if the city didn't take down the statues, they would do it themselves - a threat that Pugh said influenced her decision to move hastily and in secret.

"You can't put today's morals on people who lived centuries ago", he said.

Defending the statues, which have become the center of a raging controversy about whether they glorify racism, was the catalyst for protests that ultimately turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. "Thank you all!" Mr Trump tweeted from NY.

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