Trump denounces removal of Confederate statues as ‘foolish’

Time & Us
Last Updated: August 18, 2017 at 3:02 am

Washington: United States President Donald Trump has denounced the removal of Confederate statues and monuments in cities across the country as ‘foolish ‘and said he was sad to see the “history and culture” of the country being “ripped apart.”
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. 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!” Trump said in a series of tweets.
Trump’s tweets comes after officials in Lexington, Kentucky, Baltimore, New York City and Virginia moved to take down statues, monuments and plaques memorializing figures of the Confederacy.
The move to remove Confederate statues and monuments came after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville, Virginia, to violently protest the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Earlier, President Trump in a press conference, defended some of the white supremacy rally’s participants, made the case for Confederate statues and equated neo-Nazis to leftist activist groups.
“This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” Trump said.
The US President emphasised that both sides of the clashes contributed to the violence which happened in a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
Trump had condemned the violence in Charlottesville, saying that “the hatred and division in the America must stop as we are all Americans first.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he had said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following terrible events unfolding in Virginia.
Mentioning that the current unfolding of events in Virginia is not linked to his presidency, Trump said, “It has been going on for a long time in our country – not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
“Hate and division in the country must stop. No matter our colour, creed, religion, our political party, we are all Americans first,” he said, adding that he’d like for his administration to “study” why such violence is occurring. (ANI)