Trump defends 2017 ‘very fine people’ comments, calls Robert E. Lee ‘a great general’

President Donald Trump maintained he “answered perfectly” when he said there were “very fine people on both sides” of clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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43 thoughts on “Trump defends 2017 ‘very fine people’ comments, calls Robert E. Lee ‘a great general’

  1. It's sad that to this day they are still shopping his press conference up on what he said. They always leave out out the part where he says I'm not talking about neo nazis and white nationalists

  2. Well the fact that most soldiers in the confederacy didn’t have slaves but fought for there state I find respectable and no I don’t support slavery but back then loyalty to the state more than the country was common.

  3. You've been fed a lie!

    Trump was talking about the peaceful protestors, Anderson knows this but he doesn't care! I challenge you to go look up the press conference and watch the sentences after talked about "very fine people" in which he says "And I'm not talking about the Neo-Nazi's and White Supremacists." -Donald Trump. Literally the sentence after he talked about "very fine people" he qualified it to make sure we knew he wasn't talking about them! He was talking about the peaceful protestors on both sides

    The lied to you! CNN knowingly lied to you and I urg you to go back and watch the clip in context

  4. Why won't the "very fine people" hoax die already? Seriously, it takes a moment to find that clip and watch it in context. Fact: Orange man did not say what some people (mostly some of the left leaning media) saying/implying he did. Sure, Trump is messy with his words but if you take a moment to get the context it's clear he was talking about the protestors that came in favor of Robert E. Lee' statue, that's half of the "very fine people" Trump was talking about, the other half being those against the statue. He even said just breaths later to clarify: "and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly."

    For those who rather read it:

    Reporter: (Inaudible) "… both sides, sir. You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are the –"

    Trump:
    "Yes, I think there’s blame on both sides. If you look at both sides —
    I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and
    you don’t have any doubt about it either. And if you reported it
    accurately, you would say."

    Reporter: "The neo-Nazis started this. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest –"

    Trump:
    "Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — and you had some
    very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very
    fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group. Excuse me,
    excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. 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."

    Reporter: "George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same."

    Trump:
    "George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave
    owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to
    take down — excuse me, are we going to take down statues to George
    Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas
    Jefferson? You like him?"

    Reporter: "I do love Thomas Jefferson."

    Trump:
    "Okay, good. 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. And you had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis
    and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally.
    But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white
    nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.

    "Now,
    in the other group also, you had some fine people. But you also had
    troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the
    helmets, and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the
    other group."

    Reporter: "Sir, I just didn’t understand what you
    were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists
    unfairly? I just don’t understand what you were saying."

    Trump:
    "No, no. There were people in that rally — and I looked the night
    before — if you look, there were people protesting very quietly the
    taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there
    were some bad ones. The following day it looked like they had some
    rough, bad people — neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to
    call them.

    "But you had a lot of people in that group that were
    there to innocently protest, and very legally protest — because, I
    don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a
    permit. So I only tell you this: There are two sides to a story. I
    thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country — a
    horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country."

  5. Trump is poisoning America::
    'In counties which hosted one of Trump’s 275 campaign rallies in 2016, there was a “226 percent increase in reported hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally.”

  6. Can somebody explain to me what this is all about? History is not my best subject. And if I research the history books, alot of people are claiming the information is not accurate. This is a genuine inquiry and isn't meant to be inflammatory.

  7. He said Robert e lee was a great general, not a great person. He didn't expand on any of that, he didn't specifically say he supported white supremacists either. However they do have the right, just as anyone to hold protests whether we agree with them or not. This video is based upon slander and propaganda putting words in the presidents mouth. Reporting this video.

  8. Like usually President Donald Trump is right again and historically Robert E. Lee was surely a great general. I have personally romanticized historically and cultural historically the US old South, "a lost civilization gone with the wind", since I was a kid and I have always loved the old Dixieland song too. Greetings from Northern Europe, from partly arctic Finland.

  9. Robert E Lee was among the top in his class (2nd)
    at West Point. In addition, did nearly defeat the Union army and almost invaded
    Washington DC. Only the lack of supplies stopped him. As part of his punishment
    for leading the confederates, Robert E. Lee's house became Arlington National Cemetery
    for Union Soldiers. Before the Civil War, Robert E. Lee's mansion was part of a
    Virginia estate on the Potomac River, across from the nation's capital. To call
    Robert E lee a loser is like calling Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel who was a
    German general and military theorist. Popularly known as the Desert Fox a loser
    too. Rommel he served as field marshal in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during
    World War II. Therefore, this clown trying to put Trump Down best-read history
    books.

  10. Trump: "I like guys who win! I don't like losers who get captured. Nobody ever won a war by being captured."

    Also Trump: "Robert E. Lee was a great General."

    He didn't even address Ulysses S. Grant's birthday yesterday, who was the greatest American General still to this day.

  11. Trump is someone eho shouldn't run the country no matter how goof the economy is. It's like with jury duty. If you're biased against a group of people or have something against their religion that would potentially cloud their judgement in making decisions then you shouldn't do it. He had hatred nI is heart towards a certain groups of people and is treating them as second class citizens. but shouldn't bother mentioning it anyway because those who love trump would deny it anyway even if it is so obvious. These days republicans seem so anti everything which is why the republican presidential candidate bill weld is so refreshing. He actually believes in climate change. Maybe the republican party would have more of a choice

  12. To everyone who points out Lee's lost
    Look at history PLEASE

    The reason the civil war lasted so long was because the CSA generals were so good
    The north had more tech and resources and a higher population

    The north should of spanked them quickly they didnt because the csa generals were good and the norths would pretty bad . A general is useless without troops and supplies, and troops and supplies are useless without good leadership .

    Lee was a great general .

    Was he a good person ? No idea never met the guy. History leads me to believe he cared about Virginia and if Virginia didnt sucede he would of fuaght for the union. So if your mad at the guy for fighting for slavery then I dont believe that was why he fault .

    But there have been people who one would think are much worse who have been great generals .

  13. “Bear Jew” says Robert E Lee was an expert military strategist. So was Hitler! Why anyone would glorify these historical figures is beyond defense! Trump is considered “brilliant” at branding. There is no brilliance there! This is a sad reflection of our culture and values. This is America’s Bargain Basement sellout all in the interest of DeentaieDonny. Donald Trump is not Hitler. He is far worse. Hitler killed Jews because they were a threat to the Aryan race. Trump is destroying the lives of children, immigrants, people in Flint with toxic water, Puerto Rico, dismissing California wildfire crisis, etc. All of these things destroy lives. Trump rebrands all these issues into a nice package of “in the interest of our country”. Trump knows how to rebrand his ATROCITIES and Money America is joining the frontier. Unless there is something brewing in the Southern District of NY, I fear we have lost our democracy. We are at a terrifying place in history and the concept and value of TRUTH has been purchased by Donald Trump.

  14. Robert E Lee a true gentleman and hero unlike that tyrant Lincoln. Do the research and don't belive what the victors wrote. Lee fought for his state. Lincoln is one of the world's most violent and tyranical leaders evet. He was a C..t.

  15. He clearly said good people on both sides i.e. on both sides of the argument about the statue, TO THIS DAY people are lying and pretending he ment, good people in the white power/nazi camp. I heard it TODAY on new zealand mainstream media.

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