Trump, national leaders tweet about damaged Frederick Douglass statue in Rochester

Updated: July 06, 2020 04:01 PM
Created: July 06, 2020 08:42 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Frederick Douglass statue at the Maplewood Rose Garden was torn off its pedestal and damaged Sunday.

The statue was found about 50 feet from its pedestal, police said. There was damage to the base and a finger.


"This shows that these anarchists have no bounds!" President Donald Trump said in a tweet Monday. 

In response to the president's tweet, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tweeted, "Despite knowing their flaws, Douglass said of our founders: "They loved their country better than their own private interests." We wish you would do the same by providing funding for our cities, uniting us instead of dividing us & encouraging masks to stop COVID."

Donald Trump Jr. also took to Twitter to express his discontent with the vandalism.

"We should all realize this movement is about promoting Marxism not stopping racism," Trump Jr. wrote. 

Congressman Kevin McCarthy reminded his Twitter followers that Douglass' escaped from slavery before becoming an advisor to President Abraham Lincoln.

"He had every reason to hate, but instead, he dedicated his life to promoting the promise of America," McCarthy said. 

In Rochester, on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.

The statue has been moved for repairs.

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