Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday and unleashed a series of tweets defending Confederate statues and monuments.
He announced that is was “sad” and “so foolish” to remove the monuments, tweeting days after the violent incident that occurred in Charlottesville at the weekend.
In Charlottesville, white supremacists and neo-Nazis violently protested the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Trump previously tweeted on Tuesday that there was “two sides to a story”, a remark that caused outrage among lawmakers throughout the U.S.
“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,” the president tweeted on Thursday.
“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!,” he added in a series of tweets.
Trump also lashed out at Senator Lindsey Graham and media outlets on Thursday.
Graham had given out to Trump for expressing a “moral equivalency” in which the president fired back saying it was “a disgusting lie” and stated that media outlets “totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc”.