Confederate plaque tarred and feathered in Arizona

Confederate plaque tarred and feathered in Arizona

An Arizona monument to Confederate leader Jefferson Davis was vandalized with tar and feathers Thursday, according to local news reports.

A Fox affiliate first reported that the monument, which is a small stone plaque bearing the name of the Confederate president, was vandalized early Thursday with tar and feathers. No protests were reported around the monument, which sits in Gold Canyon, Ariz., just off a major highway.

This is the second Confederate monument to be defaced in the state in recent days. Fox 10 reported that the Confederate Troops Memorial located outside Arizona's statehouse in Phoenix was spray-painted earlier in the week.

Arizona police didn't immediately respond to a request from The Hill for more information.

Other acts of vandalism against Confederate monuments have occurred around the country at an accelerated rate following the violence caused by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend that left one dead and dozens injured.

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In Durham, N.C., protesters toppled a Confederate statue on Monday. Dozens of protesters voluntarily turned themselves in after several arrests were made.

Despite calls from Democrats and others to remove monuments to Confederate leaders around the country, President Trump on Thursday spoke out against their removal.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments," Trump tweeted. "You can't change history, but you can learn from it."

"Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced," he added.