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Twitter Explodes After Trump Defends Charlottesville Neo-Nazis Again

Donald Trump caused a relaxing Friday firestorm when he defended his 2017 response to the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally that resulted in the murder of activist Heather Heyer.

Asked whether he stood by his infamous “very fine people on both sides” quote regarding the clash between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators Trump batted the question aside like an angry kitten, saying:

“I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not. He was one of the great generals.”

It’s very difficult to imagine that life-long New Yorker Donald Trump has any particularly warm feelings, or feelings whatsoever, for Robert E. Lee, but much easier to imagine that he knows it’s what his base wants to hear and that they will read what they choose to into his statement.

As some pointed out Trump’s defense of his comments amount to misdirection because it’s clear from accounts of the event that the “Unite the Right” rally was never really about a confederate statue, but rather about white supremacy.

The chilling chant “You will not replace us!” certainly had nothing to do with statues.

Others pointed out that even if Trump’s Robert E. Lee defense were an honest one, he would still be defending not just “one of the great generals” but one of the great racists.

Now wash the taste of historical revisionism out of your mouth with this refreshing meme.