By now everyone knows that this isn’t about Confederate statues. Not when statues of everyone from Washington to Cervantes have been attacked by the racist Black Lives Matter mobs. But, in this case, the statue is of a Confederate Brigadier General.
Never mind the fact that this isn’t really why Albert Pike is remembered.
Nor is that the point. This is just an example of how blatantly blue cities are allowing statues to be torn down.
Just before 10:30 p.m., a group gathered outside MPD headquarters, unfurling a “defund the police” banner and throwing ropes around the statue of General Albert Pike — attempting to topple it. Less than an hour later, the statue came tumbling down, where protesters lit it on fire and watched it burn.
The D.C. cops let this go on outside their headquarters for an hour without interfering.
Though the statue was feet from DC Police headquarters, police didn’t respond to the scene until approximately an hour after the crowds gathered, after the statue had already been toppled and torched. When they arrived, they extinguished the flames.
This is not “responding”. That’s ignoring.
Why? The obvious answer is that they were under orders to do so. And it’s part of the larger problem which is that D.C. is a historic city with a crucial role in the United States that’s governed like Baltimore. A competent GOP would have moved to strip away its autonomy, even as the Democrats are seriously plotting statehood. But then again a competent GOP wouldn’t be letting this happen.