Former President Donald Trump lamented the removal of a statue of Confederate commander Gen. Robert E. Lee on Wednesday, intimating that if he were alive today, he would have won the war in Afghanistan years ago.
In a statement issued from his Save America PAC, Trump’s comments came as officials in Richmond, Va., which served as the capital of the Confederacy, removed the statue of Lee, himself a Virginian, following a state Supreme Court ruling giving officials permission to take it down.
In addition to praising Lee, the former president also decried ongoing efforts by culture warriors to memory-hole fundamental aspects of the country’s founding and history.
“Just watched as a massive crane took down the magnificent and very famous statue of ‘Robert E. Lee on His Horse’ in Richmond,” Trump began, adding that it had “long been recognized as a beautiful piece of bronze sculpture.”
“To add insult to injury,” Trump continued, he said officials planned to cut the statue up into three pieces and place it in storage “prior to its complete desecration.”
“Just watched as a massive crane took down the magnificent and very famous statue of ‘Robert E. Lee On His Horse’…
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!” pic.twitter.com/xMXSSCqw1q
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 8, 2021
“Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all. President Lincoln wanted him to command in North, in which case the war would have been over in one day,” he said, going on to add that Lee instead chose to command in the South because his home state of Virginia joined the Confederacy and, were it not for his loss at Gettysburg in 1863, “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 the Country,” he added.
“Our culture is being destroyed and our history and heritage, good and bad, are being extinguished by the Radical Left, and we can’t let that happen!” wrote Trump. “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 Robert E. Lee!” Trump concluded.
In 2019, after Joe Biden announced his presidential bid in a video in which he falsely claimed Trump offered equal praise for “both sides” of protesters at the deadly riot in Charlottesville, Va., two years earlier, the 45th president praised Lee as well.
“If you look at what I said you will see that question was answered perfectly,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s question about Biden’s video and ‘both sides’ claim.
“And I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general. Whether you like it or not he was one of the great generals,” Trump insisted.
“I’ve spoken to many generals right here at the White House and many people thought of the generals they think he was maybe their favorite general. People were there protesting the taking down of the monument of Robert E. Lee. Everybody knows that,” he added.
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