Donald Trump Jr., in an apparently humorous comment on Tuesday, suggested that the statues taken down during the recent protests be replaced by a “tougher” statue of his father, President Trump.
“Do you want to save our monuments? Let’s have a movement replace any statue downed during these riots with a new and more robust statue of @realDonaldTrump, ”Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. “The nonsense would stop instantly.”
Earlier Tuesday, the president criticized “weak” states for allowing the removal of statues and monuments of historical figures, either officially or by not arresting protesters to take them out.
“I don’t like it at all,” Trump said of the move to remove the statues on “Fox & Friends,” adding, “I don’t like anything that’s going on.”
“I am no longer federal, but the states are, many states are weak. Many people are weak and are allowing it to happen, “Trump continued.
“They want to shoot down Ulysses S. Grant. Well, he was the one who stopped the Confederates, wasn’t he? So he was a great general … nobody’s actions rose more than in the last 10 or 15 years, “Trump continued.
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The president announced Monday that he would soon sign an executive order aimed at protecting public statues and monuments from being damaged or destroyed by protesters.
“We are going to make an executive order and have cities keep their monuments,” Trump told Eternal Word Television Network’s Raymond Arroyo. “This is a disgrace.”
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In San Francisco, protesters defaced and demolished a statue of Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War. The protesters that same night also demolished the statues of San Junípero Serra and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
On Monday, Trump tweeted that there were “numerous people under arrest” while trying to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park in Washington DC.
This week, officials announced that a statue of Teddy Roosevelt would be removed from the front of the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a resolution to remove the Emancipation statue of Abraham Lincoln from the Park. Lincoln due to his “troublesome” representations.
In Philadelphia, protesters defaced a statue of abolitionist Matthias Baldwin. In Boston and Minnesota, protesters defaced memorials in honor of African Americans. In DC, protesters defaced a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Indian embassy.
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“Now it’s going a little bit around the world. They want to remove the Gandhi statue, okay? All he wanted was peace, “Trump said on” Fox & Friends. “