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With radical left protesters having targeted the Abraham Lincoln emancipation statue in Washington, DC, “Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade went at it over destroying America’s statues.
Noting that the statue has been in place since 1876, Kilmeade pointed out that it was dedicated by Frederick Douglass and unveiled by President Ulysses S. Grant. A tribute to freed slaves, the artwork was paid for by former slaves and depicts an ex-slave on one knee at the feet of Lincoln, with a clenched fist and broken shackles.
He said it was designed to represent freedom, to show a slave “in charge of his own deliverance.”
(Source: Fox News)
Which is apparently not to the liking of the mob in 2020, who are vowing to return on Thursday to fell the statue.
Co-host Doocy weighed in to say the protesters “have a problem with the symbolism because they are not shown as equal.”
“So let’s spray paint it and rip it down,” Kilmeade replied, sarcastically.
Doocy reported that Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents DC in Congress, said that she’ll look to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives if the National Park Service will not remove it.
“Because Lincoln Park is National Park Service land, I will work with the NPS to see whether NPS has the authority to remove the statue without an act of Congress, and if so, we will seek its removal without a bill,” Norton said in a statement. “The statue has been controversial from the start. It is time it was placed in a museum.”
After saying “that’s the way you do it,” as a means to remove the statue, Doocy added, “You don’t take the law into your own hands, and vandalize property, and that is why people are so upset about what’s going on.”
He then noted that the Theodore Roosevelt statue in New York is being moved by the the American Museum of Natural History, because of the symbolism of Roosevelt on a horse while a Native American and an African American are standing next to him.
The unequal height being the issue, Doocy explained.
This drew Kilmeade’s ire.
“He was president, of course he’s higher!” he countered. “He rode a horse. I mean my goodness. Everyone is just crazy.”
Doocy tried in vain to establish that it’s more about the statues than the individuals depicted, while Kilmeade kept pushing the valid point of who’s deciding these things.
Of course, when you see recent events, Doocy’s argument has less weight.
Lady Forward statute has been removed by protesters at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Statue is now in the middle of the street. pic.twitter.com/aqgbuEsojl
— Dylan Brogan (@telldylan) June 24, 2020
“There’s a problem with every statue, a problem with Grant and Lincoln, there’s a problem with [George] Washington, there’s a problem with [Andrew] Jackson. What don’t they have a problem with?” Kilmeade asked.
“They’re coming for the Statue of Liberty mark my words,” he added. “The dress is too long.”
After saying people are wondering where the line is drawn, co-host Ainsley Earhardt cued up President Trump’s remarks Tuesday on the matter.
“The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage so they can replace it with a new repressive regime that they alone control,” the president said. “They are tearing down statues, desecrating monuments and purging dissenters.”
“If you give power to people that demolish monuments and attack churches, and seize city streets, and set fire to buildings then nothing is sacred and no one is safe,” Trump added.
The Fox & Friends crew go on to contrast the cultural cleansing with Democrats, as they showed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling the senseless destruction “a healthy expression of people saying let’s get some priorities here, and let’s remember the mistake that this nation made and let’s not celebrate it.”
Kilmeade called out the double standard as Cuomo, who is Italian, leaves up a statue of Christopher Columbus.
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