This week it’s Robert E. Lee, and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him. Good. Are we going to take down his statue. He was a major slave owner. You are changing history and culture.
– President Donald J. Trump, August 15, 2017, making defending white supremacist monuments one of the most important issues of his presidency