On June 7, 2020, Black Lives Matter rioters knocked down a statue of English merchant Edward Colston.
The rioters attached a rope to statue on Colston Avenue in Bristol, United Kingdom on June 7 before pulling it down as a large crowd jumped for joy. The vandals then jumped on the statue.
The Guardian reported that historian David Olusoga likened this iconoclastic action to the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. On the other hand, home secretary, Priti Patel called on the police to respond. In comments made to Sky News, Patel remarked:
“I think that is utterly disgraceful and that speaks to the acts of public disorder that have actually now become a distraction from the cause in which people are protesting about.”
Superintendent Andy Bennett, of Somerset and Avon police, stated that his force was conducting an investigation into criminal damage.
Bennett said to the BBC he understood that Colston was “a historical figure that’s caused the black community quite a lot of angst over the last couple of years.” He added, “Whilst I am disappointed that people would damage one of our statues, I do understand why it’s happened, it’s very symbolic.”
"Whilst I am disappointed … I do understand why it’s happened"
— BBC West Live (@BBCBristol) June 7, 2020
“You might wonder why we didn’t intervene and why we just allowed people to put it in the docks – we made a very tactical decision, to stop people from doing the act may have caused further disorder and we decided the safest thing to do, in terms of our policing tactics, was to allow it to take place.”
The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, remarked: “I know the removal of the Colston Statue will divide opinion, as the statue itself has done for many years. However, it’s important to listen to those who found the statue to represent an affront to humanity.”
Although Colston was known as a slave trader, he made numerous philanthropic contributions that helped build Bristol.
It’s becoming clear that the political correctness crusades that have marked America are being exported to Europe. The Western Left does not care about preserving the West and is now working to erase history as we know it.
The West is going through very troubling times indeed. It will take a ccourageous Right to be able t o effectively confront it.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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