Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw claims ‘Marxists’ are trying to pull down statues to ‘purge America of its traditions’ – The Sun
REPUBLICAN Rep. Dan Crenshaw claimed "Marxists" are trying to pull down statues to "purge America of its traditions."
Crenshaw's comments came as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the nation following the death of George Floyd.
Amid ongoing protests, demonstrators across the nation have pulled down statues of Confederate and US historical figures.
The Rep. first made his comments on "the outrage mob" tearing down confederate statues in an article for the National Review.
"These mobs didn’t suddenly stumble upon some forgotten and offensive historical anecdote, or reach their wits’ end after seeing Aunt Jemima on the grocery-store shelf just one too many times," Crenshaw wrote.
"No, this was a deliberate hijacking of a tragedy," he added.
Speaking with Fox News on Monday, Crenshaw then said people are trying to "justify" a "Marxist revolution" by toppling statues.
Of protesters toppling statues across the US, Crenshaw told Fox: "…now it’s gone to George Washington, now it’s gone to [former President Ulysses S.] Grant, now it’s gone to Abraham Lincoln, it's burning the flag… It's getting rid of the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.”
Crenshaw claimed when people pull down the statues, they are trying to "erase" history.
He claimed people "want to erase the very things that unite us as Americans and the very things that stand for equality and justice and freedom and this was always part of the plan, it has been for decades actually and it started well back into when Marxism made its way into the United States in the 60s."
He added: "And they're always looking to take advantage of some kind of situation, to make people think that their country is evil so that they can justify their own Marxist revolution."
He then told Fox that "the mob" can't be appeased “until the destruction of America is complete because it’s what they're after fundamentally” since “Marxism runs deep in their ideology.”
Crenshaw's rant follows the week after President Trump announced he authorized feds to arrest and jail people who vandalize monuments or statues for up to 10 years.
Trump later signed an executive order protecting statues.
Although many Republicans have defended statues, saying they are merely historic, many Democrats have demanded the figures be removed, saying they are rooted in racism and should not be on public display.
Amid controversial statues being pulled down, brands have announced reviews or name changes over figures some say are rooted in racism.
Princeton recently announced the school is dropping Woodrow Wilson's name from the public affairs school, and Democrats have demanded a name change from John Wayne airport.
Democrat former first lady Michelle Obama applauded the change from Princeton.
Trump bashed both the name drop from Princeton and potential change from the California airport.
"Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center," Trump tweeted.
He added: "Now the Do Nothing Democrats want to take off the name John Wayne from an airport."
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