As Confederate monuments around the country face rabid-liberal upheaval, Al Sharpton has set his sights on something bigger: The Jefferson Memorial. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Sharpton said the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is an “insult to my family.” President Trump recently made a statement, questioning whether statues of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson would be next on the liberal hit-list. Unfortunately, Sharpton has given him an answer.
Of course, Sharpton’s comments on the Charlottesville protest didn’t end with his call to remove a presidential monument for one our nation’s Founding Fathers. He went on to criticize Trump’s condemnation of violence from both sides during the Charlottesville protest, stating, “I’m not saying anything that a lot of public officials haven’t had to struggle with, which is why I’m saying he knows better. Every one of us knows when you’re around extremists that you need to say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m going to part company.'”
Al Sharpton is infamous for participating in extremist rhetoric and preying upon identity politics to divide Americans by the color of their skin. As sources explain, Sharpton was a key instigator in the 1991 Crown Heights riots that left one rabbinical student dead. After a Jew accidentally drove their car into a black youth, Sharpton stated, “If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it,” and there would be “no compromise.” His comments at the child’s funeral incited a three-day riot, and the mob murdered one Jewish student.
During his interview with Rose, Al Sharpton also commented on the Jefferson Memorial. He said, “When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds, you’re asking me to subsidize the insult of my family. … I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who has had that kind of background. You have private museums; you have other things that you may want to do there.”
The Jefferson Memorial is a massive structure; it’s not just a little statue that can be picked up and moved to another location. As sources say, “it’s its own museum.”
Thomas Jefferson is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States; removing this monument would be an absolute travesty—especially given the only way to “remove” it would be by way of demolition. But it seems Trump was right; taking down Confederate monuments certainly has opened a can of worms…