President Trump hits back at Lindsey Graham for criticizing Charlottesville comments

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More states challenging Confederate monuments, references

U.S stocks were rattled amid speculation that Cohn would quit over Trump's comments on the Charlottesville events and were down in afternoon trading.

Trump's hesitation, followed by an empty gesture to finally point the finger at racist demonstrators, was a strategy he employed to appeal to his criticizers while sending a message to the bigots who support him that he's not going to do anything to curb the racial divide in this country or discourage these disgusting acts in the future.

He criticized efforts in a growing number of U.S. states, including Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, to remove statues honouring Confederate leaders.

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our attractive statues and monuments. You....

Trump also said that Bro, Heyer's mother, "wrote me" on Twitter to say "the nicest things, and I very much appreciate that". One was dedicated to Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, another memorialized Confederate soldiers and sailors, and a third honored Confederate women of Maryland. "So foolish!" Trump added. - Statement from the great-great grandson and other descendants of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Centered in the Deep South but stretching from California to MA, roughly 1,500 Confederate symbols still exist on public land more than 150 years after the conclusion of the Civil War.

"I'm not sure that just removing every historical marker in America, that that heals", said North Carolina Senator Richard Burr.

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The president also took a shot at the media in his tweets Thursday morning. "Well done", the SC lawmaker said Thursday morning, referring to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in a auto attack on Saturday.

But he prompted another firestorm of criticism on Tuesday when he again blamed "both sides" and suggested that the white supremacist protesters included some "very fine people". He has been sharply rebuked by lawmakers of both parties, numerous American business leaders and USA allies overseas. "Trump's presidency is effectively over", he said in a follow-up tweet.

Flake had tweeted on Wednesday, "We can't claim to be the party of Lincoln if we equivocate in condemning white supremacy".

Lindsey Graham over the President's response to racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, continued Thursday, with the SC senator accusing Trump of stoking tensions, a claim Trump called "a disgusting lie". Such a disgusting lie. Graham "just can't forget his election trouncing", Trump wrote, then writing what sounded like a threat: "The people of SC will remember!" "The people of SC will remember".

On Monday, Trump then called out those groups by name, saying that "racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs". Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, announced plans to introduce a bill to remove these statues.

To Yolanda Pierce, dean of the school of divinity at Howard University, there's been more "moral leadership" from fleeing CEOs than evangelical leaders - none of whom budged from Trump's faith advisory board.

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