The president's comments again roiled a nation still reeling from the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this past weekend and Trump's own failure to immediately condemn neo-Nazis.
David McCallister, the Sons of Confederate Veterans commander who helped lead the campaign to keep the Hillsborough courthouse monument in place, said the president was standing up for history.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who met with minority business owners in St. Petersburg on Thursday, also criticized the president.
Hillsborough Community College employee Rebecca Morrison, who attended Nelson's meeting in St. Petersburg, didn't think there was anything wrong with the president's comments.
"Now we have the guy who calls himself the president of the United States sounding just like David McCallister and the Save our Southern Heritage people talking about erasing history.
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