President Trump said he would not allow some more pretigous statues of American icons to be torn down.
Where he cannot police local cities and each of the statues across the country, he said he would protect those in his own backyard of Washington D.C.
During an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, Trump said he does not appreciate that people are physically rewriting history by desecrating or toppling the statues.
“I don’t like it at all,” Trump said per the Western Journal. “Now federal, I’ve stopped federal, but a lot of states are weak. A lot of people are weak and they’re allowing it to happen.”
Trump defended the value of these statues, specifically the ones depicting icons who fought against slavery.
“They want to take down Ulysses S. Grant,” the president continued. “He’s the one who stopped the Confederates. He was a great general. Nobody’s stock went up more than his stock over the last 10 or 15 years.”
Trump also said he would be putting a stop to calls to have the Jefferson Memorial removed (because he owned slaves). He cautioned, however, that if Joe Biden were to win the presidency, then he would allow the memorial to be removed.
“I’ve stopped them twice now from going over to the Jefferson Memorial. If I weren’t president, if a guy like Biden was president, they will knock down the Jefferson Memorial,” he said. “Not going to happen.”
“You have to understand history,” the president continued per the Western Journal. “You have to understand the culture, and so many other aspects of our country. And people can study that and hate it, and let’s all hate it, but you can’t take down George Washington’s statue and half of our country is named after Washington.”
“We have to remember the heritage, the culture of our country,” he added.
"If I weren’t president, if a guy like Biden was president, they will knock down the Jefferson Memorial. Not going to happen.”@realDonaldTrump says vandals are "ripping down things, they have no idea what they are ripping down." pic.twitter.com/beiV2mioNB
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 23, 2020
The Western Journal adds:
While it is true Jefferson was a slaveholder in Virginia, he pushed for slavery’s abolition and Washington opposed the institution too.
Jefferson’s original draft submitted to the Continental Congress included a condemnation of the king’s support for the African slave trade, calling it a violation of the “most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither.”
Almost all the states north of the Mason-Dixon Line had voted to abolish slavery by the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783.
By 1804, all the Northern states had passed legislation ending slavery.
There were no other governments in the world taking such legislative action at that point in history.
In other words, the northern states in the U.S. led the world in launching the abolition movement.