Celebrities React: Donald Trump Defends “Beautiful” Confederate Statues, “Sad” To Take Down Monuments

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Trump Defends Confederate Statues

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Trump Defends Confederate Statues

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Celebrities are reacting to Donald Trump defending “beautiful” Confederate statues and calling it “sad” to take down Civil War monuments. See reaction tweets from Hollywood stars below.

In his fiery press conference on Tuesday, Trump slammed calls for the removal of Confederate statues in the wake of the violent Charlottesville protest. That event, which proved deadly, was sparked in part by neo-Nazis and white supremacists objecting to the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee monument. After the rioting, many have argued that such symbols across the country should come down because they celebrate slavery and the Southern states’ failed secession during the Civil War.

Now on Thursday, as some towns, cities and states have started to either remove statues or consider the possibility of doing so, the president is doubling-down on his objection. He tweeted, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”

Many on social media were quick to accuse Trump of favoring America’s racist past over a progressive, united future that embraces equality. And a number of people calling him out are celebs. Mia Farrow replied, “Sir, Put those ‘beautiful statues’ of guys who tried to keep black ppl in chains on your own lawn. U cd add some ‘beautiful’ Hitler statues.” She went on in a second tweet, “There is NOTHING beautiful about slavery or those who fought to perpetuate it.” Farrow also noted that “Trump bulldozed historic art to build Trump Tower. Monuments ‘fell to the floor and shattered in a million pieces.'”

Andy Cohen sarcastically told the president, “Sweetie we will fight hard to keep the Hitler statues up so you have something pretty to look at.” Don Cheadle responded to him, “Wow. Talked to Gen. Kelly lately? How’s he feeling?” George Takei simply said, “Just. Stop.” He also posted, “Yes, it’s time for these symbols of hate to go.” Soledad O’Brien stressed to followers, “He’s talking about monuments to white supremacy.” Nick Cannon posted to Trump, “Your definition of beauty is our definition of pain.” He further wrote in another tweet, “F*ck Mount Rushmore too!!! The KKK built and sanitized your American history.”

“This is learning, you dumb ass. Now shut up and resign,” Samantha Ronson bluntly told the president, adding, “You are an actual garbage person. Can’t wait to replace you. #maga.” Sharing a news story about dozens of people in North Carolina coming together to take joint responsibility after a woman was arrested for her role in toppling a statue, Alyssa Milano declared, “This. Is. My. Country.” She also wrote to Trump, “You know what would be strong leadership? Call to have them taken down. Use your un-american wall budget to move them into a history museum.”

Meanwhile, Albert Brooks cracked, “I’m so pissed. I just invested in a Confederate monument in Biloxi.” And Judd Apatow tweeted to Trump, “I love those gorgeous statues of Hitler. He looks so handsome and the bronze is just beautiful. Damn you are a dumbass.” Pictured above is the statue of Thomas Stonewall that resides at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex.

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