Donald Trump Jr., in a seemingly facetious remark Tuesday, suggested any statues torn down during recent protests be replaced with a “more sturdy” statue of his father, President Trump.
“Want to save our monuments? Let’s get a movement going to replace any statue torn down during these riots with a new and more sturdy statue of @realDonaldTrump,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. “The nonsense would stop instantly.”
Earlier Tuesday, the president blasted “weak” states for allowing the removal of statues and monuments of historical figures, either officially or by failing to stop protesters to take it upon themselves to remove them.
“I don’t like it at all,” Trump said of the move to remove statues on “Fox & Friends,” adding: “I don’t like anything that’s going on.”
“I’ve stopped federal, but the states are — a lot of states are weak. A lot of people are weak and they’re allowing it to happen,” Trump continued.
“They want to take down Ulysses S. Grant. Well he’s the one that stopped the Confederates, right? So he was a great general … nobody’s stock went higher than his stock over the last 10 or 15 years,” Trump continued.
The president announced Monday that he would soon sign an executive order meant to protect public statues and monuments from being damaged or destroyed by protesters.
“We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments,” Trump told Eternal Word Television Network’s Raymond Arroyo. “This is a disgrace.”
In San Francisco, protesters defaced and toppled a statue of Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War. Protesters that same night also tore down statues of St. Junipero Serra and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that there were “numerous people arrested” while trying to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park.
This week, officials announced that a statue of Teddy Roosevelt would be removed from the front of the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a resolution to tear remove the Emancipation Statue of Abraham Lincoln from Lincoln Park due to its “problematic” depictions.
In Philadelphia, protesters defaced a statue of abolitionist Matthias Baldwin. In Boston and Minnesota, protesters defaced memorials honoring African-Americans. In D.C., protesters defaced a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Indian Embassy.
“It’s going over a little bit around the world now. They want to remove the statue of Gandhi, OK? All he wanted was peace,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends.”
Real Life. Real News. Real Voices
Help us tell more of the stories that matterBecome a founding member
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe