McConnell and other Republican senators denounce the mobs that have toppled statues of historical figures
06/24/2020 // Arsenio Toledo // Views

Republican senators have come out strongly to denounce the far-Left radical groups that have conspired to vandalize and tear down statues of some of the country's former presidents, including statues of Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

“Imperfect heroes in a perfect Union”

In a speech on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the groups responsible for the desecration of many of the country's statues of historical figures, saying that the monuments erected to honor the country's heroes and founding fathers are being torn from their pedestals “like they were Saddam Hussein.” This is in reference to the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, which was toppled by local Iraqis after U.S. forces liberated the city from the dictator in 2003.

“There could be no clearer sign that these far-left radicals have severed any connection to the righteous cause of racial justice,” said McConnell. “They have literally tried to succeed where Robert E. Lee failed and bring General Grant to the ground.” On June 19, rioters in San Francisco, California, successfully tore down the statue of former president and hero of the Civil War Ulysses S. Grant.

McConnell further commented how a statue of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin in Seattle remains untouched by the violent mobs. He spared no kind words when he pointed out the hypocrisy in toppling the statues of America's founding fathers while ignoring the statue of the founding father of the Soviet Union.

McConnell also took a swipe at some of the country's “liberal elite,” who he said continue to justify “anti-Americanism” and who believe that America was founded under principles of bigotry and hatred, as opposed to the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.


At the same time, McConnell tempered his speech by saying that the country definitely needs to have nuanced conversations about its history, as well as its future.

“Americans know that an imperfect nation built by imperfect heroes is still the most perfect Union the world has ever seen,” said McConnell, at the conclusion of his speech. “We thank God that all kinds of imperfect people have made us a more perfect union.”

Other Republican senators have voiced their concerns. On Fox & Friends, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, one of only three Black lawmakers in the Senate, said on June 23 that he is not in favor of destroying history “for the sake of anarchy.” (Related: Black Lives Matter is spreading: Number of protests in rural America growing.)

He says that the people involved in the tearing down of statues are not protesters, but agitators infiltrating peaceful protests “to create anarchy, chaos and lawlessness.” Scott, much like McConnell, believes that America can and should have a debate about statues and places named after former Confederate officers, but that it would be wrong for the country to purge its history books just because parts of it are “ugly or negative.”

Watch this episode of Brighteon Conversations as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, engages in an illuminating conversation with Stewart Rhodes about defending America against the insurrectionists at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, and the role of the militia movement when local, state and federal law enforcement back down and refuse to do their job.

Fight for America's history reaches Congress

The fight for the country's history is making its way into Congress. On June 11, the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee approved a motion that will require the Department of Defense to rename military bases that have been named after former Confederate officers. This is in direct opposition to President Trump, who has been vocal about opposing any name change and has promised to veto.

The measure was proposed by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as an amendment for the Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The committee approved the amendment by voice vote, allowing individual members to avoid having their choices recorded.

The amendment requires the Department of Defense to change the names of the military bases within three years, but it also goes beyond that, as the Pentagon's other assets – streets, aircraft and ships – also need to be scrubbed clean if they're named after Confederate officers or honoring the Confederacy.

When asked about the bill, McConnell said that it's ludicrous to think that the country needs to be “airbrushed,” and that anybody who had any connection to slavery needs to be scrubbed out of the picture.

While Warren may have been able to get bases renamed (unless Trump chooses to veto the amendment), an effort by Senate Democrats to get Confederate statues in the Capitol Complex removed has failed.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey tried to pass the legislation by unanimous consent, which would allow the bill to pass without a vote, but it also gives any one senator the power to block it.

The one senator who stepped up was Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. He objected to the bill under the grounds that Congress needs to come to an understanding with the states that have sent statues of historical figures to the Capitol.

The statues Schumer and Booker want to get rid of are part of the 100 statues in the National Statuary Hall collection. Each state contributes two statues to the collection and they can replace which statue gets to represent their state if the governor and the state legislature approve of it.

There are 11 statues of former Confederate figures displayed in the collection. If the Democrats' bill had passed, it would take away the power of the states to freely choose which historical figures they wish to honor at the Capitol.

Democratic lawmakers, both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, have either been very supportive of or have led the efforts to revise history by removing statues of historical figures.

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