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A statue of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, was removed from Manhattan’s City Hall on Monday after a commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio voted to remove and relocate the nearly 200-year-old monument because Jefferson was a slave owner.
Former President Trump accurately foresaw and warned America four years ago of the Founding Fathers’ fall from grace in the eyes of the “woke” left where there is no room for contrition, just a burn-it-all-down attitude.
“George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington?” Trump asked an unseen, off-camera reporter at a press conference where the media shouted questions at the then-president about white nationalism.
Trump warned us about the removal of statues… He was right. pic.twitter.com/Rr2h03aX0Z
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) November 23, 2021
“How about Thomas Jefferson, what do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?” Trump asked the same reporter.
“I do love Thomas Jefferson,” the reporter responded from off-camera.
“Okay, good. Are we gonna take down the statue because he was a major slave owner? Now, are we gonna take down his statue? So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history, you’re changing culture,” the former president had said.
In a tweet that did not age well, NBC News issued a fact-check of sorts over Trump’s warning to America.
“Why statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson aren’t ‘next,’ as President Trump suggested,” the 2017 tweet read before linking to an article.
Why statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson aren’t “next,” as President Trump suggested https://t.co/BOr1U2Bobf pic.twitter.com/yjrs5qPYPE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 19, 2017
The NBC article said that men like Jefferson, among other founders, “embedded the American ideals of equality and justice, even if they did not live them in their daily lives.”
“We can acknowledge they were flawed men and were slaveholders. But, they founded this nation — an imperfect nation,” Kevin Levin, a Boston-based historian who specializes in American Civil War history, told NBC.
Flash forward four years and that acknowledgment seems to be gone. On Monday, about a dozen workers from Marshall Fine Arts carefully packed up the 884-pound statue of Jefferson into a wooden crate.
It took hours for workers to remove the plaster statue from its’ pedestal without damage.
Jefferson wasn’t even given the grace of departing out the front door of City Hall. Instead, the statue was lowered down the stairs using a pulley system before indefinitely departing out the back door.
(Source: New York Post)
After residing in City Hall for 187 years, the statue of the Founding Father will be on long-term loan to the New York Historical Society where it will sit in the lobby and reading room, according to the New York Post.
Mayor de Blasio’s commission to remove the statue initially tried to keep their efforts hush-hush, hoping to avoid public intervention until the Post revealed their plans.
“There’s so much about Thomas Jefferson and his own personal writings, memoirs about how he treated his slaves, his family members and things of that nature and how he perceived African Americans and slaves — that they lacked intelligence, that they were not to assimilate into society,” Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) told the Post.
“For us to really highlight such an individual is really not who we are as a council,” Miller continued.
Twitter users sounded off, largely disagreeing with the commission’s decision:
Why are we applying 21st century ethics to 18th century leaders? Teach history correctly and objectively & we won’t need to take down existing statues.
— [email protected] (@VOP7094) November 23, 2021
A sad day in US history.
— Victor Cunrui Xiong 🇺🇸 (@VictorXiong) November 23, 2021
When the Confederate statues were coming down, the people predicting they’d be coming after the Founding Fathers next were ridiculed.
Slippery slope is slippery…
— Ran Track (@RanTrack3) November 23, 2021
So… instead of improving the quality of teachers/schooling in the inner cities, they remove statues? pic.twitter.com/MDEN6Pp4nL
— Gordon Johnson (@GordonJohnson19) November 23, 2021
We have destroyed so many US legacies and the Eagle spirit. History can’t be rewritten and should be respected and remained in museums and memories. We couldn’t wipe out the heritage and the truth. No matter how tragic, shameful, desperate and savage eras and generations. Please.
— Alyssa Nguyen (@NAGCOCO) November 23, 2021
This is to make upper middle class and wealthy white people feel good.
It’s virtue signalling.
— KBTY (@MR50565861) November 23, 2021
We remove statues of men who accomplished many great things with few perceived grievances, and erect statues of men who have done many terrible things with few accomplishments
— Luke Persiani (@LukePersiani) November 23, 2021
Remember when we were called “crazy” and “conspiratorial” for saying no founder was safe from this?
— Richard Jefferies (@Rikalonius) November 23, 2021
I’ll just leave this here… pic.twitter.com/4eSdGYrzgh
— 𝕊𝕀ℝ 𝔸ℝℕ𝕆𝕃𝔻 ℝ𝕆𝔹𝕀ℕ𝕊𝕆ℕ (@uk_expat) November 23, 2021
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