If there was any doubt left that Donald Trump was still very much a part of the American political ecosystem, it was washed away this week after the former President made a stunning statement regarding the removal of a major Civil War monument.
Over the course of the last 18 months, America has undergone a bit of a transformation in regard to the national view of the Civil War, and, more specifically, the Confederacy. This has led a number of municipalities to remove or destroy Confederate monuments, statues and memorials.
One of the most prominent displays in this debate was a 12-ton visage of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that has adorned downtown Richmond, Virginia or decades. That piece was removed earlier this week, cut into pieces, and shipped off to storage until some plan is developed for it.
Trump was none too pleased with the situation.
Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Wednesday condemning the removal of a 131-year-old statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, calling the Confederate commander “the greatest strategist of them all” and admiring the statue’s artwork.Trending:
“Just watched as a massive crane took down the magnificent and very famous statue of ‘Robert E. Lee On His Horse’ in Richmond, Virginia,” Trump wrote. “It has long been recognized as a beautiful piece of bronze sculpture. To add insult to injury, those who support this ‘taking’ now plan to cut it into three pieces, and throw this work of art into storage prior to its complete desecration.”
But then things got a little…odd.
“Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all,” Trump continued. “President Lincoln wanted him to command the North, in which case the war would have been over in one day. Robert E. Lee chose the other side because of his great love of Virginia, and except for Gettysburg, would have won the war. He should be remembered perhaps as 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 this Country.”
Trump went on to claim Lee was more skilled than current U.S. generals, writing, “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! 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 a Robert E. Lee!”
The statement, while undeniably bombastic, likely accomplished what Trump hoped that it would: Sending a message to rural southerners that he’ll need their votes again soon.