Posted on August 17, 2017

Trump: Confederate Statue Removals ‘Rip Apart’ American History

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian, August 17, 2017

Donald Trump on Thursday again lamented the removal of Confederate statues from US cities, saying these removals “ripped apart” the country’s history and culture.

He then compared statues of Confederate leaders like Stonewall Jackson to monuments of US founding fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

“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 tweeted.


The defense of Confederate monuments was made one day after New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said the city would conduct a review of “all symbols of hate” on city property. Earlier this week, statues were taken down overnight in Baltimore, Maryland.

Efforts to remove Confederate monuments have taken place for decades, but were given renewed energy in June 2015 after the killing of nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.