At least half of American voters side with President Donald Trump when it comes to preserving Confederate monuments, while only one in four believe that removing them will alleviate racial tensions, according to a recent poll.
On Monday, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey divulged that 50 percent of registered voters in the United States stand in agreement with a tweet Trump posted about saving the Civil War memorials across the United States – instead of leaving it up to radical Leftists to decide for them and erase history – while only 37 percent disagree with the president’s tweet, with 12 percent indicating they were undecided.
The Daily Signal reports that eight monuments - some not related to the Confederacy - have been attacked and/or defaced since the events in Charlottesville:
- A 225-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus (Baltimore, MD)
- 'Boys Who Wore Gray' statue (Durham, NC)
- 'Peace Monument' depicting Confederate soldier laying down his arms (Atlanta, GA)
- The Lincoln Memorial (Washington, DC)
- Bust of Abraham Lincoln, attacked twice (Chicago, IL)
- Statue of Father Junipero Serra (Los Angeles, CA)
- Holocaust Memorial (Boston, MA)
- Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee (Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC)
More Americans behind Trump than the media shows
The survey was conducted immediately after Trump’s powerful series of Thursday tweets, where he lamented the “foolish” removal of Confederate monuments from public areas from coast to coast, referring to some of the slavery-linked artifacts as “beautiful statues” that help America remember its painful past … so it is not repeated.
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump’s first Thursday post on Twitter read.
The next in the series equated removing the Civil War monuments with tearing out the pages on the Civil War in history textbooks.
“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” the president’s second tweet exclaimed. “Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!”
Objective: 'Spark anarchy'
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OneNewsNow talked with Clenard Childress, Jr., assistant to the national director of L.E.A.R.N. (Life, Education and Resource Network). He says that destroying statues such as Confederate monuments is a clear sign this nation hasn't moved on from its negative history.
One example of the left's hypocrisy, he says, is a bust of avowed racist Margaret Sanger in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery very near that of Martin Luther King, Jr. – yet Sanger is exalted. (See related column)
"And these riots, these protests are unquestionably – there's no doubt in my mind – that they are purposely constructed to bring about instability in our country and to attack this administration," Childress offers.
"This isn't about furthering the country or making justice equal for everyone and recognizing any injustices that we could correct to become better," he continues. "This is to spark anarchy and to have a grievance culture against the nation .... Really, we the people must stand up and say enough is enough and let our voices be heard."
He contends that should be the Church, which is the conscience of the nation.
Childress adds that if America is to truly disassociate itself with racism, then people should disassociate from the Democratic Party. Many of its founders, he points out, were engaged in blatant racism and had a significant role in establishing the Ku Klux Klan.
He then reminded Americans of the permanence of the removal that would take place due to the rash and heated decisions made by a handful of virulent protesters.
“The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” Trump exclaimed to his 36.5 million Twitter followers on his third tweet.
When asked about their take on the president’s view of the attack on American monuments, more voters – by double-digits – believe the gesture is more harmful than helpful.
“Just 28 percent believe that the removal of Confederate monuments from many cities will help race relations,” Rasmussen's report on its poll stated. “Thirty-nine percent think the removal of those Civil War-era statues will hurt race relations instead. Twenty-six percent say it would have no impact.”
Contrary to what the mainstream media has conveyed to the American public, more blacks and other ethnicities than whites in the U.S. agree with the president that erasing Civil War history will ease racial tensions.
“Interestingly, blacks (43 percent) and other minority voters (42 percent) are more likely than whites (38 percent) to believe the removal of the Confederate statues will hurt race relations,” the pollsters revealed in the survey, which has a plus or minus 3 percentage point margin of error. “Thirty-five percent of blacks think the statues’ removal will help race relations, but only 28 percent of whites and 24 percent of other minorities agree.”
Furthermore, Rasmussen noted that 52 percent of Americans think that race relations are worsening in the U.S.
Statue smashing not good for America
A significant sector of Americans believe that it is a shame to remove U.S. historical monuments from public view.
“Seventy-three percent of Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party by a 50-percent to 36-percent margin agree with the president that it is ‘sad to see the history and culture of our great country ripped apart,’ the researchers revealed. “Fifty-four percent of Democrats disagree.”
However, a partisan divide was witnessed on the issue concerning urban areas.
“Fifty-three percent of GOP voters believe it will hurt race relations to remove Confederate statues from many cities, but only 30 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of unaffiliated voters share that concern,” Rasmussen explained. “Slightly more Democrats (39 percent) think the removal of the statues will help race relations, but unaffiliated voters (29 percent) are less sure of that.”
The racial divide on the issue is actually much smaller than what the media has led Americans to believe.
“Just over half (52 percent) of both whites and other minority voters agree with Trump’s tweet,” the survey shows. “Blacks disagree by a narrow 45 percent to 41 percent margin.”
More analysis of the figures shows that backers and detractors of Trump differ on the matter.
“Among voters who agree with the tweet, 60 percent think removal of the statues will hurt race relations,” the pollsters informed. “Fifty-eight percent (58 percent) of those who disagree with what the president said believe the removals will help relations between the races.”
No better under Obama … promoting historical illiteracy
A poll last summer shows that racial tensions in America were no better – if not worse – under former President Barack Obama.
“In July 2016, as the presidency of the first black president was drawing to a close, 60 percent of all voters said race relations had gotten worse since Barack Obama’s election,” Rasmussen noted.
Furthermore, it appears as if Americans’ historical illiteracy is already bad enough without the removal of historical monuments.
“Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe Americans should be proud of the history of the United States, but 66 percent think most of their fellow countrymen don’t know much about their country’s past,” Rasmussen’s report indicated. “Thirty-seven percent don’t know when the Civil War took place. The majority of voters have said in surveys for years that most school textbooks are more concerned with being politically correct than with accurately providing information.”
Polls holding consistent
Corroborating Rasmussen’s findings, another poll on the monument issue indicates that most Americans strongly disagree with cities’ efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces.
“[Fifty-four percent of adults said Confederate monuments] should remain in all public spaces, [while 27 percent said they] should be removed from all public spaces," a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted from August 18–21 reported, as relayed by Newsmax. “Another 19 percent said they ‘don't know.’"
One poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News from August 16–20 also reveals that Republicans are more supportive of Trump on the Confederate statue debate than the mainstream media lets on.
"A majority of self-identified Republicans – more than 6 in 10 – approve of Trump’s response to the protests, according to the Post-ABC poll, while about 2 in 10 disapprove and the same share offer no opinion," The Washington Post revealed Monday.