A descendant of Robert E. Lee who is calling for Confederate statues to be removed tore into President Trump for defending the monuments.
Karen Finney, a former adviser to the Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump’s indispensable man — don’t sacrifice him to the critics MORE campaign and a descendant of the Confederate General, ripped Trump for having “no idea” what he’s talking about when it comes to Confederate statues. Finney said Trump is not “intellectually interested” in learning about the history.
Finney, who is half African-American, noted that most of the statues were built in the early 20th century, decades after the end of the Civil War and during the Jim Crow era to: “say to blacks, guess who’s still charge.”
“This is the system of the Confederacy that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn’t ‘changed much’ since campaign MORE was defending, so when he throws those kinds of terms around he doesn’t really understand the history,” Finney said.
Trump launched into a defense of Confederate statues at a campaign rally in Phoenix Tuesday, claiming that activists are “trying to take away our culture. They’re trying to take away our history.”
“And our weak leaders, they do it overnight. These things have been there for 150 years, for a hundred years,” Trump said. “You go back to a university and it’s gone. Weak, weak people.”
In the wake of the mayhem in Charlottesville, Va., last week, Trump defended the white nationalist protesters, saying they were there to oppose the removal of a “very, very important” statue.
He also argued that taking down such statues would lead to a slippery slope, in which monuments to Founding Fathers, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, would be desecrated.
“They were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Trump said last week. “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?”