Trump was right: Washington and Jefferson are next.
After a combative press conference last week, Trump was lambasted by the mainstream media for suggesting that the crusade to take down Confederate monuments was a slippery slope that could lead to the removal of, for example, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson statues as well.
The media mocked the entire notion as dumb, baseless fearmongering.
But, it turns out, the president was right.
A pastor in Chicago called on the city to rename Washington Park and tear down a statue of America’s first president because he owned slaves.
A statue in Virginia of Thomas Jefferson was vandalized because it “serves as an emblem of white supremacy.”
Charlottesville was just the beginning. The Left is breathing life into Trump’s words, as angry mobs all across the nation are ripping down not just statues of the slave-owning Confederacy … but ones honoring any figure from the past that offends them with even the slightest whiff of racism.
“Where does it stop?” as the president put it.
Here are just a few examples of the madness:
In Durham, N.C., a mob toppled a statue of a nameless soldier honoring all who fought for the South during the Civil War.
In a Soviet-style operation, the mayor of Baltimore ordered workers to snatch up the city’s Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments in the middle of the night.
In another pre-dawn removal, the University of Texas at Austin ripped up multiple Confederate statues from campus with virtually zero notice.
The mayor of Madison has demanded the removal of Confederate monuments at a cemetery.
A plaque dedicated to Robert E. Lee was removed outside a Brooklyn church.
In Hollywood, a cemetery has removed a six-foot monument honoring Confederate war veterans from the region.
New Orleans has declared the city’s Confederate monuments a public nuisance.
Workers in Daytona Beach, Fla., removed plaques honoring local Confederate soldiers.
Also in Florida, Hollywood city officials have agreed to rename streets honoring Southern war generals.
In Alabama, the city of Birmingham used plastic drapes and plywood boxes to mask Confederate statues, as state law currently forbids their removal.