Michael Moore compares Trump comments to life in 1850s
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Liberal firebrand Michael Moore on Tuesday likened President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., to a pre-Civil War defense of white supremacy, calling on Americans to express outrage over the comments.

Moore, who currently has an anti-Trump one-man show on Broadway, railed against him in a series of tweets after the president defended himself on Tuesday against criticism that he was slow and vague in responding to violence that erupted in the Virginia college town at a white supremacist rally over the weekend.

In a heated press conference, Trump suggested that the removal of Confederate statues could eventually lead to the degradation of the country's Founding Fathers, specifically naming George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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"George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status?" Trump said. "Are we going to take down ... statues to George Washington?"

The president also doubled down on his previous claim that counterprotesters who turned out on Saturday to oppose the white supremacist demonstration were also responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, which left one dead and 19 more injured when a man attending the rally drove his car into a group of counterprotesters. 

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” Trump said. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”