(CNSNews.com) - Ignoring the outcry over his response to the Charlottesville protests, President Trump on Thursday further waded into the controversy, calling it "foolish" to remove "our beautiful statues and monuments."
In three mid-morning tweets, the president wrote:
"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!"
While Trump sees them as objects of beauty and history, some other Americans view the statues as monuments to traitors and symbols of hatred, racism, etc.
The newly ignited, not-so-civil war of words has dominated the headlines since Saturday, when critics say Trump failed to properly denounce the white supremacists who rallied against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from a public park in Charlottesville.
In later comments, Trump said not everyone who rallied against the removal of the statue was "bad."
“If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee," Trump said on Tuesday. "I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people -- neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them.
"But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know -- I don't know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn't have a permit.
"So, I only tell you this, there are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country,” Trump said.
Liberal activists, including some in the media, say Trump is emboldening white supremacists, whom he has denounced by name, by suggesting that protesters on the left are just as bad.