On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Former President Donald Trump decried the radical left’s destruction of American history and heritage through their move to cut a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee into pieces and remove the monument from a prominent memorial spot in Virginia.
“Just watched as a massive crane took down the magnificent and very famous statue of ‘Robert E. Lee On His Horse’ in Richmond, Virginia. It has long been recognized as a beautiful piece of bronze sculpture,” Trump wrote in a statement.
“To add insult to injury, those who support this ‘taking’ now plan to cut it into three pieces, and throw this work of art into storage prior to its complete desecration,” he said.
Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the 131-year-old bronze equestrian sculpture, the largest Confederate monument, in Virginia’s capital after the Supreme Court ruled on Sept. 2 that the state can take down the enormous statue, saying “values change and public policy changes too” in a democracy.
However, Trump defended the statue from being removed, saying the general should be honored as the greatest unifying force after the Civil War.
“Robert E. Lee is considered by many generals to be the greatest strategist of them all. President Lincoln wanted him to command the North, in which case the war would have been over in one day. Robert E. Lee instead chose the other side because of his great love of Virginia, and except for Gettysburg, would have won the war. He should be remembered as perhaps the greatest unifying force after the war was over, ardent in his resolve to bring the North and South together through many means of reconciliation and imploring his soldiers to do their duty in becoming good citizens of this country,” Trump said.
The former president said the removal of the monument is destroying American culture.
“Our culture is being destroyed and our history and heritage, both good and bad, are being extinguished by the radical left, and we can’t let that happen!” Trump said in the statement.
He also claimed that if Lee had been alive, he would have commanded a military victory in Afghanistan.
“If only we had Robert E. Lee to command our troops in Afghanistan, that disaster would have ended in a complete and total victory many years ago. What an embarrassment we are suffering because we don’t have the genius of a Robert E. Lee!” Trump said.
Earlier this summer, another statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was also removed in Charlottesville.
The removals marked a major victory for those activists who have been seeking to detach historical connections to the Confederate Army and slave owners.