House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi declined to condemn the destruction of a statue of Christopher Columbus in the city of Baltimore (where she was born and grew up). Yesterday in the last example by politicians who make such mob actions possible with their silence. When asked about a mob that pulled the statue down and tossed it into the harbor (without police interference), Pelosi simply said, "People will do what they do." Indeed, if they do, they will Leaders refuse to condemn their behavior. Your comment explains why a recently arrested supporter of Antifa said they won in the campaign to destroy statues and monuments.
The Baltimore incident is the latest example of mobs destroying public art and monuments. As in Washington DC, where the chief of police said he made the "tactical decision" to allow a mob to destroy such public monuments, the mob was given free rein and had enough time to topple and pull the statue.
I previously denounced Pelosi for tearing up the state of the Union speech in decades of tradition, but this is an act of mob destruction in public art.
Democratic leaders continue to spread the fence by failing to acknowledge or even condemn the extreme elements of the recent protests. While the vast majority of the demonstrators were peaceful, there was significant violence and property damage. Antifa and other “anti-fascist” organizations have long been violently present on the college campus, including my own. In fact, the recently arrested Antifa member accused of organizing efforts to overthrow the famous Andrew Jackson statue is a GW student.
I have criticized democratic leaders for their support of Antifa, despite its strong beliefs in freedom of speech and its violent history. Efforts to remain neutral in the face of violent acts will not take long as long as today's allies become tomorrow's reactionaries.
Despite the current divisions in our society, we should be able to agree that the decision to remove such statues must be made collectively and legally in our society. It is a shame that a House Speaker and the third person in charge of the United States Presidency must and will not be forced to condemn such unlawful acts.
However, the media was relatively quiet about Pelosi's comment. Contrary to Trump's doubts that there were "very good people on both sides" in Charlottesville, there is no expectation that Pelosi would condemn a mob that destroys public art.
This is why James Freeman Clarke once said: “A politician is thinking about the next election; A statesman thinks about the next generation. "