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President Donald Trump warned in a tweet late Saturday that presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s apathetic attitude toward the destruction of America’s historic artifacts “would be the beginning of the end.”
This would be the beginning of the end. He has no clue, but he wouldn’t be calling the shots!!! https://t.co/cHnSh3p69N
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2020
He posted the tweet four days after Biden stepped out of his basement to deliver a speech on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During the speech, he also addressed the ongoing toppling of historical statues happening all across the country.
“I think it’s better if they’re taken down like they took the Confederate flag off the Mississippi flag. That’s the better way of doing it, but I can understand. I can understand the anger and anguish that people feel by having for years and years been under the statue of Robert E. Lee, if you’re an African American,” he said.
Earlier that Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves had signed a bill to retire the state’s current flag and replace it with a new one that doesn’t contain the Confederate flag.
What Biden essentially said was that, while he preferred that Confederate statues be removed via the legislative process, as had happened in Mississippi, he understood why left-wing extremists were skipping the process and just toppling them instead.
“It’s always better to do it peacefully, but there’s a distinction between, I shift responsibility and I think the elected officials where those statues have a responsibility to move. Put them in museums, get them down,” he added.
He then outright excused the toppling of statues.
“But don’t expect if you have sitting in front of you after all these years and we finally, finally are going through another phase of maybe responding to the systemic racism in America, and what we’ve seen happen, is don’t be surprised if someone pulls down the statue of Jefferson Davis,” he said.
“It’s better if they are taken down…it’s always better to do it peacefully.”@JoeBiden says there’s a difference b/w Confederate monuments, which he says belong in museums, & statues of figures like Columbus, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, which should be protected. pic.twitter.com/iEgVER6tEp
— COURIER (@CourierNewsroom) June 30, 2020
He concluded by trying to make a distinction between toppling the statues of Confederate generals and toppling the statues of former presidents.
“It’s better that they do not, but is fundamentally different than pulling down the statue or going to … the Jefferson Memorial and grabbing Jefferson off his chair,” he said.
Is it fundamentally different, though? The president believes not, and the evidence ultimately sides with him, not Biden.
Flashback to 2017, when the president himself warned that the then-emerging movement to remove the statues of Confederate generals would eventually lead to the statues of America’s former president’s also being targeted.
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
…can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
At the time he was mercifully mocked for the prediction, even as some TV commentators began openly championing for the statues of America’s Founding Fathers to be removed.
“American history is not all glorious. George Washington was a slave owner. We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn’t protecting my freedoms – my ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him. To me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down,” CNN’s Angela Rye said at the time.
— Dick Hertz (@WildCardBeeches) August 18, 2017
Three years later the statues of everybody from America’s Founding Fathers to abolitionists, priests, veterans and even elk — yes, elk — are being targeted by left-wing mobs from Portland to D.C.
Moreover, America’s Democrat politicians have joined the movement by using the legislative process to go after the Emancipation Memorial and its offshoots.
“Boston’s arts commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln’s feet,” the Associated Press reported just last week.
“The statue has stood in a park just off Boston Common since 1879. It’s a copy of an identical monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue’s white creator, Thomas Ball.”
Over in D.C. meanwhile, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton unveiled a bill last month to relocate the original Emancipation Memorial to a museum.
It’s not clear how much more evidence is needed to prove that Trump was right all along and that Biden’s apathetic attitude toward the toppling/removal of all historical statues could potentially incentivize even more bad behavior if he wins in November.
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