President Donald Trump in a series of tweets Thursday morning came out against the removal of Confederate statues.
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump tweeted.
“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!
“Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”
Since the deadly white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, many cities have sped up or announced plans to remove Confederate statues and monuments.
At a press conference Tuesday, the president refused to categorically condemn the hate groups that visited Charlottesville, defending some demonstrators as wanting only to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Critics of such statues say they glorify a faction that took up arms against the US to preserve slavery.
“So this week it’s Robert E. Lee,” Trump said at the press conference. “I notice that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down,” he added.
“I wonder: Is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself – where does it stop?”