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    Statues, monuments vandalized extend beyond Confederates

    From George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant: Statues, monuments vandalized extend beyond Confederates amid Black Lives Matter protests

    Historic monuments and statues have become the targets of anger and vandalism during Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd's police custody death at the end of May.
    The initial statues under fire were Confederate soldiers and generals largely in the South due to the treatment of African-Americans, but the anger has spread to monuments of all backgrounds -- including former U.S. presidents -- many of which have been torn down, and some have been officially removed.
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/statue-mo...n-down-protest


    This seems wrong on so many levels.

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Many online pointed out the irony, though critics say he has a complicated relationship with slavery.
    "He was a 'slave owner' in that he was gifted a slave, hated the idea, and freed him within a year. Then won the Civil War, prosecuted the KKK, and appointed African Americans to prominent roles in government," Matt Whitlock wrote on Twitter. "This might have gotten out of hand."

    Around 400 people gathered that night and also tore down statues of St. Junipero Serra and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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    John Oliver mocked Trump in 2017 for predicting removal of Washington, Jefferson statues

    President Trump warned in 2017 that statues of U.S. Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson might someday be removed -- three years ahead of attacks on such statues this month.

    Back 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 said at an August 2017 news conference on the protests that year in Charlottsville, Va., that sparked from the plans to remove some Confederate statues.
    https://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen...fZ-YyR1hcQvPrU



    I used to watch John Oliver but he went so far anti-trump I didn't care to watch his show any longer.

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