Twitter demolishes Trump after he calls Confederate statues ‘beautiful’

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.

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.