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Trump: If A Guy Like Biden Is President, They Will Knock Down The Jefferson Memorial

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President Donald Trump told FNC's Brian Kilmeade that "a lot of people are weak" and allowing protesters to tear down statues of historically unpopular figures in cities and states but he would protect federal monuments.

"It's going over a little bit around the world now. They want to remove the statue of Gandhi, okay. All he wanted was peace. They want to take down Ulysses S. Grant. We’ll he’s the one that stopped the Confederates, right?" Trump quipped.

"You have to understand history and you have to understand the culture and so many other aspects of our country. And people can study that and they can hate it and let's all hate it," he said about the legacy of slavery. "But you can’t take down George Washington’s statue, half of our country’s named after Washington. You can’t, we have to remember the heritage, the culture of our country."


"And they would knock down Lincoln. There’s a group that wants to take down Lincoln. They haven’t figured out exactly why yet."

"George Washington, Thomas Jefferson. I’ve stopped them twice now from going over to the Jefferson Memorial. If I weren’t president, they would have knocked down, if a guy like Biden was president, they will knock down the Jefferson Memorial. Not going to happen," he said.

KILMEADE: We’re in a war on history. They want to take Jackson’s statue out of New Orleans. Without the battle of New Orleans, we’re not the same country.

TRUMP: I don’t like it at all. I don’t like it at all. I don’t like anything that’s going on. Now federal, I’ve stopped. I’ve stopped federal, but the states are, a lot of states are weak. A lot of people are weak. And they’re allowing it to happen. Hey, it's going over a little bit around the world now. They want to remove the statue of Gandhi, okay. All he wanted was peace. They want to take down Ulysses S. Grant. We’ll he’s the one that stopped the Confederates, right. So he was a great general. He turned… nobody’s stock went higher than his stock over the last 10 or 15 years.

KILMEADE: Do you understand how you look at Thomas Jefferson, you look at George Washington, you look at James Monroe, look at James Madison, one thing they had, they were brilliant, they also had slaves.

TRUMP: Yes.

KILMEADE: So how do we grow as a country but yet not forget our past?

TRUMP: So, you have to understand history and you have to understand the culture and so many other aspects of our country. And people can study that and they can hate it and let’s all hate it.

But you can’t take down George Washington’s statue, half of our country’s named after Washington. You can’t, we have to remember the heritage, the culture of our country. And you know, this is less important but it’s very important. Some of the things that they’re trying to destroy are magnificent pieces of art. Have you ever seen an area where a statue was removed and you look at the area? And they put blacktop over the top of it, they put asphalt over the top and that’s the end. And it was the center of a town or you know a village and now the statue’s gone. And the whole village is like a different place.

And here’s the other problem I have, a lot of these people that want it down don’t even know what they’re taking down. I watched them on television. And I see what’s happening. And they’re ripping down things, they have no idea what they’re ripping down. But they started off with the Confederate and then they go to Ulysses S. Grant. Well, what’s that all about?

And they would knock down Lincoln. There’s a group that wants to take down Lincoln. They haven’t figured out exactly why yet.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson. I’ve stopped them twice now from going over to the Jefferson Memorial. If I weren’t president, they would have knocked down, if a guy like Biden was president, they will knock down the Jefferson Memorial. Not going to happen.
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