President Trump warned in 2017 that statues of U.S. Founding Fathers comparable to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would possibly sometime be eliminated — three years forward of assaults on such statues this month.
Again then, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver mocked the president for his grim prediction.
“So this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down,” Trump mentioned at an August 2017 information convention on the protests that yr in Charlottsville, Va., that sparked from the plans to take away some Accomplice statues.
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“I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” Trump mentioned.
“I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
“I am going to inform you the place it stops,” Oliver replied during an episode of his weekly show. “Someplace! Any time somebody asks, the place does it cease, the answer is at all times … someplace. You would possibly let your child have Twizzlers, however not inject black tar heroin. You do not simply go, ‘Properly, after the Twizzlers, the place does it cease?'”
Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this month began flattening Accomplice statues. The development quickly led to assaults towards statues of different historic figures, comparable to Christopher Columbus and former President Ulysses S. Grant.
Then final Sunday a Jefferson statue was knocked down in Portland, Ore., adopted by an identical assault on a Washington statue on Thursday in the identical metropolis.
Protesters have pointed to the truth that each former presidents had been slave homeowners.
Nonetheless, each Oliver and Trump had been referring to statues being formally eliminated slightly than vandalized by protesters.
However now, some officers throughout the nation are contemplating or already planning to take away monuments to the nation’s first and third presidents.
In New York Metropolis, the brand new “Fee on Racial Justice and Reconciliation” will look at statues of historic figures in town — together with Washington and Jefferson — and contemplate eradicating them, The New York Post reported.
In a park in dowtown Decatur, Ga., a Jefferson statue that’s privately owned will likely be formally eliminated, in keeping with a protest organizer, Decaturish reported.
Dr. Douglas Bradburn, president and CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the president’s historic residence in Northern Virginia, mentioned in a press release final week, “Without George Washington, there would be no United States of America; there would be no Constitution, which allows the freedom of speech, assembly, and protest, as well as the separation of church from state — and without Washington we would not have civilian-led military.”
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He added, “If we fail to honor George Washington, because we understand him only as a slave owner, we will lose the story of the United States, for it will have no beginning and very little direction,” in keeping with Just the News.