In the wake of Trump’s off the rails, impromptu press conference yesterday in which he again failed to condemn literal white supremacists and neo-Nazis at Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city of Franklin, Ohio has duly ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
This decision comes on the heels of the City of Baltimore’s move to remove all four of its Confederate statues amid public outcry. On Monday, protestors made national headlines by toppling a Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina.
A slew of cities are now facing increased pressure to remove Confederate monuments instead of risking the tragic events like those that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend during which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed by a neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotestors.
Trump, for his part, has embroiled himself in the controversy by refusing to condemn the white supremacists at the rally. Instead, the claimed that “both sides” were to blame, effectively equating literal neo-Nazis with counterprotestors.
With Franklin’s decision to remove a statue honoring a reprehensible period of America’s past, they are placing themselves on the right side of history, a move that cannot be said of our President.
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