President Donald Trump on Thursday weighed back in on the debate over whether to remove statues and monuments erected in tribute to politicians and generals who served in the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments," the president wrote on Twitter. "The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"
Many Twitter users were quick to hammer Trump for his praise of "beautiful" Confederate monuments, most of which were erected decades after the end of the Civil War, as a chart posted by CNN's Brian Ries shows.
Check out some of the top reactions below.
"the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed" https://t.co/iuYdelTlx9— Chris Jackson (@Chris Jackson) 1502978947.0
Let's learn from Jefferson Davis how to tear apart a nation! https://t.co/sHCuMDDgUf— David Corn (@David Corn) 1502976797.0
Seems like Trump's celebrating treason against the United States but only for a really good reason, like defending chattel slavery.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) 1502976147.0
@realDonaldTrump Here's one of those "beatiful statues and monuments" President Trump is referring to. Read the ins… https://t.co/NktH51t4n2— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien) 1502976741.0
@realDonaldTrump Your idea of beauty is gold ceilings and paintings of yourself, so this is a bit subjective.— Rob DenBleyndeer (@Rob DenBleyndeer) 1502976282.0
@realDonaldTrump Heather Heyer "...will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"— Fighting Bob (@Fighting Bob) 1502977689.0
Old message: Make America Great Again New message: American will never again be great enough to make beautiful confederate statues.— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer) 1502978673.0