Trump lavishes praise on ‘genius’ Robert E Lee as his statue is taken down

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Robert E. Lee was a “genius” who could lead America to victory in Afghanistan, Donald Trump said, slamming Virginia’s decision to remove the “fantastic” statue of the Confederate general.

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“Just watched a giant crane topple 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,” said a lengthy statement issued by Mr Trump on Wednesday.

“To add insult to injury, those who support this ‘take’ now plan to cut it into three pieces, and throw this work of art into storage before desecrating it entirely. are,” he said.


The removal of Lee’s statue from Richmond, Virginia, marks a watershed moment in the latest push to remove slaveholders and Confederate figures from public view in 2020, following a summer of racial justice protests and a wave of statue removals across the US. did.

The streets of the capital city, known for its symbol of white power, are no longer amenable.

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However, Mr Trump dubbed Lee “the greatest strategist of them all” in his statement.

“President Lincoln wanted him to take command of the north, in which case the war would have ended in a day. Robert E. Lee chose the other side because of his great love of Virginia, and would have won the war, except for Gettysburg. , “They said.

“He should probably be remembered as the greatest unifying force after the war ended, zealous in his resolve to bring North and South together and inspiring his soldiers to do their duty in becoming good citizens of this country.” “

The former president also said: “Our culture is being destroyed and our history and heritage, both good and bad, are being extinguished by radical leftists, and we cannot let that happen!”

On June 4, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the statue, which was the largest, still standing Confederate statue in the country.

The state’s Supreme Court favored the decision after it was challenged in court, paving the way for construction crews in cherry-pickers to lift the statue from its pedestal.

Mr Northam, who was among a crowd of people watching the statue come down, welcomed the move, saying that “public monuments reflect the story we choose to tell about who we are as individuals.” Huh”.

“It’s time to show history as history, and we use public monuments to honor absolute and inclusive truths today and in the future,” he said.

In his statement, Mr Trump pointed to America’s disastrous existence from Afghanistan and claimed that if Lee had taken command, the Afghan war would have ended quickly and differently.

“If we had Robert E. Lee in command of our troops in Afghanistan, that disaster many years ago would have ended in complete and total victory. What an embarrassment we are facing because we don’t have the talent of Robert E. Lee!”

This is not the first time Mr Trump has praised Lee, who was known for enslaved black peopleAccording to several historians, including John Reeves, who wrote a book on it.

Earlier in 2019, Mr Trump, who was then president, called Lee a “great general”.

“Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals. I’ve talked to many generals here, right at the White House, and many people thought – about generals, they think he might be their favorite. General,” Mr Trump said of the Confederate military leader.

He made these remarks while trying to defend a statement in 2017 calling the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville “people who were very good people on both sides”.

Earlier this summer, another statue of Lee was also removed in Charlottesville, the center of the infamous 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally.


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