‘Cruel campaign of censorship’: Trump against removal of historic statues
On Saturday, President Donald Trump blasted demonstrators and elected officials who have been calling for the removal of historic statues and portraits.
“The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments, our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control,” Trump said. “We’re not conforming, that’s why we’re here, actually.”
Trump said the call to remove these statues and portraits is a form of censorship.
“This cruel campaign of censorship and exclusion violates everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said. “They want to demolish our heritage so they can impose their new repressive regime in its place.”
The president repeatedly said he will not stand for the lawlessness and reminded the crowd that Republicans are the party of law and order.
“Republicans are the party of liberty, equality and justice for all. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln and the party of law and order,” Trump said.
Several politicians are attempting to remove 11 statues of Confederate officers and leaders currently on display in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to use unanimous consent in the Senate to have the statues removed but was stopped by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R).
“I’d like to get the opinion of people who are taking similar statues out of the building. I’d also like to find out what other states have in mind as their part of this agreement,” Blunt said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the remove everyone from the Capitol that had any connection to slavery at bridge too far.
“You know, there were eight presidents who owned slaves. Washington did. Jefferson did. Madison did. Monroe did. Look, as far as the statues are concerned, every state gets two. Any state can trade out, as Sen. Blunt pointed out, if they choose to. And some actually are choosing to,” he added.
Trump has also said he will not even consider renaming U.S. military bases that carry the names of the Confederate legacy.
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