Trump says Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington will be cancelled next after the New York City Council voted to ‘evict’ Thomas Jefferson’s statue from their chamber
- Former President Donald Trump warned that Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington would soon be cancelled
- Trump pointed to a New York City’s commission voting to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall, over Jefferson being a slave owner
- ‘Next up, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and, of course, George Washington,’ Trump said
Former President Donald Trump warned that Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington would soon be cancelled after a New York City commission voted to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall.
‘Well, it’s finally happened,’ Trump said in a statement Tuesday. ‘The late, great Thomas Jefferson, one of our most important Founding Fathers, and a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States, is being “evicted” from the magnificent New York City Council Chamber.’
A sarcastic Trump continued, ‘Who would have thought this would ever be possible?’ adding in paranthese, ‘I did, and called it long ago!’
Former President Donald Trump warned that Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington would soon be cancelled after a New York City commission voted to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall
Trump said that Jefferson was being ‘evicted’ from City Hall because the ‘Radical Left has gone crazy’
‘Next up, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and, of course, George Washington,’ he continued.
‘The Radical Left has gone crazy, and it’s hurting our Country badly – But someday soon, sane people will be back, and our Country will be respected again!’ the ex-president added.
On Monday, the New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove the statue of Jefferson before the end of the year.
While an influential founding father – who was abroad in Paris during the writing of the Constitution, so not exactly the ‘principal writer’ as Trump said – Jefferson’s legacy is looked at more critically in modern times because he was an owner of slaves.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week that he understood why Jefferson’s status as a slave owner ‘profoundly bothers people and why they find it’s something that can’t be ignored.’
During the U.S.’s reckoning on race during the summer of 2020, after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis officer and the Black Lives Matter was reinvigorated, Trump dug his heels in and argued monuments of Confederate officials should remain.
The statue of Thomas Jefferson, who is controversial as a slave owner, will be removed from New York’s City Hall by the end of the year
A plaque on the statue of former President Thomas Jefferson is pictured in the council chambers in City Hall after a vote to have it removed
Trump said he believed it was a slippery slope.
He made a similar point in the aftermath of the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, when he made his infamous comment about there being ‘very fine people on both sides.’
While there were KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered, Trump tried to argue there were people on hand who simply wanted to see the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee remain.
‘Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee,’ Trump said at the time.
‘This week’s it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewell Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?’ he asked reporters at a Trump Tower press conference several days after counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed.
‘You really do have to ask yourself: Where does it stop?’ Trump mused.