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In a Thursday morning tweet storm, President Donald Trump lamented the removal of “beautiful” confederate monuments.

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump wrote, calling the decisions “foolish.”

Trump’s worries over the loss of the “beautiful” monuments, it should be noted, stand in stark contrast to his position on America’s national parks. Earlier this year, he revealed a budget that took an axe to national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon, cutting cutting 1,242 full-time equivalent staff.

Former Republican operative and independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin equated to the president’s statement to those of white supremacists:

Two days before, Trump defended white supremacists who marched on the University of Virginia as “innocent” people who were being treated “very unfairly by the media,” saying they were only there to defend a statue of Robert E. Lee.

The “innocent” marchers in question came carrying Confederate flags, swastika flags, raising their arms in Nazi salutes, and chanting slogans like “Blood and Soil!” and “Jews will not replace us!”

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