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Trump defends honoring racists in monument debate

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Duda, who faces a tight re-election contest in four days, is Trump's first world leader visit from overseas since the coronavirus pandemic began. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

As American institutions remove symbols or names tied to racist ideology, they have found a consistent opponent in President Donald Trump.

(CNN)As American institutions remove symbols or names tied to racist ideology, they have found a consistent opponent in President Donald Trump.

From Confederate statues to airports named for a movie star who once said he believed in white supremacy, the President has decried steps that would strip racists of their monuments and memorials -- siding instead with those who would keep the honors intact.

Aides and people around him have denounced everything from the removal of "Gone with the Wind" -- one of Trump's favorite movies -- to the rebranding of Aunt Jemima pancake syrup, discounting stereotypes that have long been called racist.

"While some outside Orange County may not know of John Wayne's beliefs in white supremacy, many Orange County residents have been calling for his removal for years," county party Chairwoman Ada BriceƱo said in a statement.

As President, Trump has consistently opposed the removal of Confederate statues and monuments, though he said during a Fox News event last week that he would support placing some statues in museums.

A person familiar with the matter said Trump himself also railed privately against the removal of "Gone with the Wind," a film that fed racist stereotypes while glossing over the horrors of slavery but that he has hailed as one of the greatest ever made.

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