President Trump made a crucial point on Tuesday afternoon in that press conference. You know, the one everyone is saying proves he’s a white supremacist sympathizer or whatever. He did it when discussing the root cause of why many of the protesters had chosen Charlottesville as their place to speak out.
“Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Trump said. “So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop?”
The media is steadfastly ignoring this part of the press conference. One, because they want to keep the focus on their narrative, which is that Trump just revealed himself to be some kind of secret NAZI in disguise (a narrative only made slightly more difficult to sell by the fact that he condemned Nazis and white nationalists in unambiguous terms the day before). Two, they really don’t want to talk about that singular, disturbing question: Where does it stop?
Confederate statues and symbols have been under relentless attack since the unthinkable massacre in Charleston, South Carolina two years ago. Because the killer in that case happened to be photographed with a Confederate flag, that was all she wrote. Today, in light of the Charlottesville melee, Democrats (and not a few conservatives) are renewing their calls to tear all of these statues and flags down, remove them to museums, or simply get rid of them altogether.
So let’s say we all agree: Confederate symbols should be wiped off the map. Then we’re faced with President Trump’s question: Where does it stop? Washington and Jefferson were slave owners. Founding fathers and great thinkers. Brave men are being assailed by a new generation, judged by morals that simply didn’t exist in any meaningful way when they were alive. And we’re supposed to tear down all of this history because a bunch of crying liberals say so? Why? What does it accomplish?
Well, the sad truth of the matter is that the left knows exactly what it’s doing. And if you get deep enough into the extreme fringes of the liberal movement, they’ll tell you flat out. They believe this country was founded on evil. They believe the Constitution is evil. They believe capitalism is evil. They believe white people are evil. And they are going to keep tearing down our history so it is easier for them to remake America in their own chaotic, communist image.
It’s really easy for conservatives to throw up their hands and say, “Ya know, why ARE we defending these Confederate statues anyway?” It’s very easy to justify walking away. But once you do it here, you’ll do it again when they come for Washington and Jefferson.
Just wait and see.