Country music artist Charlie Daniels defended President Trump and slammed political correctness in an interview Wednesday on Newsmax TV.
Daniels said Trump was right to condemn both sides in the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday between white supremacists and leftist radicals.
“There’s no doubt about it. I mean there’s animosity on both sides, from what I saw on TV. I saw two sides fighting each other,” Daniels told host Rita Cosby. “I condemn both sides.”
Daniels was also critical of the push to take down statues of historical figures.
“That’s what ISIS is doing,” Daniels said. “There were pieces of history over there they didn’t like, they’re taking them down…Where does it stop?”
Daniels called Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee “one of the most honorable people in our history.”
If people don’t like the statutes, they just shouldn’t look at them, he said, drawing an analogy by saying he walks by movie posters he doesn’t like.
“These statues are not preaching,” Daniels said. “They’re not shouting out some kind of crazy epitaphs or something. They’re just sitting there. So just turn around and don’t look at them.”
Daniels said the media is “very, very prejudiced against the president,” but that people should give Trump a chance because “if he fails, the country fails.” However, Daniels said Trump brings some of his troubles on himself with his “pretty acid” tweets.
Here is a video of the interview: