Missouri State Representative Tony Lovasco has suggested that the statue of President Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial should be removed.
His comment on Twitter was in response to the removal of a 12-ton statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Virginia.
“If we insist on tearing down the statues of wrongdoers, let’s at least be fair and balanced about it,” he said.
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A GOP state representative from Missouri appeared to suggest that the statue of former President Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial should be removed if the statues of “objectionable” people, like Confederate General Robert E. Lee, were removed.
“If we insist on demolishing the statues of wrongdoing, let’s at least be fair and balanced about it,” Missouri State Representative Tony Lovasco said in a tweet Thursday. Lovasco attached to the tweet a photo of the Lincoln Statue seen in the foreground of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The tweet was in response to a video that showed the large statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on top of a horse being kidnapped in Richmond, Virginia earlier this week. The 12-ton statue was the largest remaining statue honoring Confederation in the United States and was ordered by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, as reported by Insider.
In the tweet, Lovasco did not explain how or why he viewed Lincoln as “objectionable.” In a follow-up tweet, the GOP state representative responded to critics of his previous post who said his tweet implied that he supported Confederation.
“It’s unfortunate how many people think that saying ‘Lincoln was wrong’ amounts to some kind of support for Confederation, especially given the context of my tweet,” Lovasco said, “It’s entirely possible to point out that neither Lincoln nor Lee were good people deserving of honor. “
In a statement to Insider on Saturday, Lovasco said he was not “officially” calling for the removal of the Lincoln statue and said his tweet should not be viewed as a “serious political proposal.”
“I made a mostly sarcastic comment about it to point out that while Lee might be a terrible person (and as such should be condemned) Lincoln was not a hero,” Lovasco said.
Lincoln forcibly recruited people to fight against their will for the Union Army, suspended the right to habeas corpus and was responsible for the needless deaths of thousands, including a great number of Native Americans, ”he added.
The statue of Lee has stood in Richmond for over 130 years and was sent to a state facility for temporary storage until authorities determine its future. His withdrawal on Wednesday marked the latest case of officials removing or renaming statues and places that honored Confederate or Confederate leaders.
This effort was led by anti-racist activists who argue that these statues and monuments inappropriately honor the Confederacy. More than 160 Confederate symbols were renamed or removed from public spaces last year, according to a count from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as a Commonwealth,” Northam said earlier this week.
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