Donald Trump responded to the events in Charlottesville on Thursday on Twitter, calling the removal of Confederate monuments by several local governments "foolish," and once again comparing Confederate general Robert E Lee to the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
His stance has caused controversy among those who believe that the monuments are glorifying the horrors of slavery and the Confederate generals who fought against the United States to preserve slavery.
One person who doesn't seem to agree with the president is Twitter user and historian Librarian Shipwreck. They took to Twitter yesterday to highlight the hypocrisy around the argument in a hilarious series of tweets...
Little known fact, but most of what you learn when you pursue a PhD in history is actually just how to build and install statues.— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) August 17, 2017
The phrase "pre-history" derives from a German word meaning "periods of history that didn't leave statues behind so who knows what happened"— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) August 17, 2017
Some argue that you can learn about history from books & other non-statue materials. But who has ever heard of learning from a book? No one!— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) August 17, 2017
Don't we all know the famed adage: "if you want to be remembered, do something important - but also build a statue of it"?— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) August 17, 2017
In conclusion: taking down statues permanently alters the space-time continuum (unless you build a statue of the other statue coming down).— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) August 17, 2017
People found it pretty hilarious.
You think you had it bad? I was a medieval history major; my stonework final gave me carpal tunnel from all the chiseling!— MedusaSansFrontières (@OpheliaInWaders) August 18, 2017
History is cool.