City officials on Monday voted collectively to remove the 7-foot-tall sculpture of Jefferson over his embrace of slavery but postponed a conclusion on where to move it.
"Well, it's finally happened," Trump said.
"The late, great Thomas Jefferson, one of our most important Founding Fathers, and a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States is being 'evicted' from the magnificent New York City Council Chamber. Who would have thought this would ever be possible (I did and called it long ago!). Next up, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and, of course, George Washington. The Radical Left has gone crazy, and it's hurting our country badly—But someday soon, sane people will be back, and our country will be respected again!"
The statue debuted at City Hall in the 1830s and was transferred to the Council chamber eight decades later.
Jefferson, one of the nation's Founding Fathers and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, was also America's third president and a well-known slaveholder. He held more than 600 people and fathered six children with one of them, Sally Hemings.
On Monday, during a public meeting, Councilmember Inez Barron said the statue should not be in "a position of honor and recognition and tribute" in the chamber, adding that Jefferson "felt that Blacks were inferior to whites — in his own words."
She also noted Jefferson's plan to force Native Americans off their ancestral lands.
"We're not being revisionist. We're not waging a war on history," Barron said. "We're saying that we want to make sure that the total story is told, that there are no half-truths and that we are not perpetrating lies."
The push to remove statues of former leaders with ties to slavery has gained momentum in the last year.
"When we remove this statue, we're taking the right step in erasing the honor of those who were raped," Barron said, according to CBS New York.
By the end of the year, part of the council's agreement is to find a new public location for the seven-foot-tall statue, a plaster replica of the one inside the U.S. Capitol. Locations that have been floated so far include the Governor’s Room, where it originally resided, or the New York Historical Society.