Donald Trump lamenting the loss of Confederate statues over strange-looking Nathaniel Bedford Forrest statues

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Twitter demolishes Trump after he calls Confederate statues ‘beautiful’

Look at all this beauty.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 17, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:14 pm CDT

Cities across the United States are removing Confederate monuments this week following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that erupted in violence. The rally was prompted by the planned removal of the statue of Confederate army commander Robert E. Lee.

President Trump responded to the events by saying that “both sides” were at fault—equating people who shout Nazi slogans with people who are trying to fight hatred of other human beings. He went one step further on Thursday morning, tweeting that he was “sad” to see people tearing down statues.

Many responses to Trump’s tweets were critical of the president’s comment that statues linked to the Confederacy, which lost the war, are “beautiful” and “will be greatly missed.”

Others noted that just earlier this month Trump aide Stephen Miller dismissed the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Naturally, Trump’s tweets also inspired lots of internet jokes.

So much beauty in these statues. Just look at this one.

That particular one got people especially riled up.

Perhaps it will be a shame if that one goes.

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2017, 1:36 pm CDT