Trump’s Confederate Monument Defense in Tweets

Trump’s Confederate Monument Defense in Tweets

President Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter criticizing the removal of monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders and praising their beauty.

Trump said it was “sad to see the history and culture” being “ripped apart with the removal of beautiful statues and monuments.”

The president said that it was not possible to change history but it would be good to learn from it.

The president ended his remarks by saying that “the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”

The tweets come after a number of local leaders, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, have proposed removing statues of Confederate leaders

The proposals were in response to racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia., when neo-Nazis, white supremacists and members of the Ku Klux Klan protested the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

After initially saying there was blame on “many sides,” on Monday, Trump singled out neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

But by Tuesday, Trump walked back his remarks by saying that there was blame on “both sides” and remarking that there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protest

John T. Bennett contributed to this report.

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