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Critics Mocked Trump for Saying These Statues Would Be Removed, Now We Know He Was Right

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Four years ago, leftists mocked then-President Donald Trump for suggesting founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson would fall victim to cancel culture. On Monday, his prediction came true.

In 2017, Trump said he suspected the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, would lead to more woke cancellations in the future, The New York Times reported.

Trump was ridiculed for the suggestion by reporters and historians alike. Yet on Monday, according to the New York Post, the 884-pound statue of Jefferson that stood in New York’s City Hall for 187 years was removed.

The move came after a mayoral commission voted to take down the statue because Jefferson owned slaves.

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The reasoning for the statue’s removal comes as no surprise to those who listened in on the 45th president’s 2017 news conference, where Trump was infamously accused of defending white supremacists because he dared to say not every right-leaning person in Charlottesville that day had racist motives.

“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the re-naming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,” Trump said.

The reporters there promptly jumped on Trump and said his argument did not hold weight because Robert E. Lee owned slaves. It was at that point that Trump predicted George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would be canceled.

“George Washington was a slave owner … so will George Washington now lose his status?” he said.

“How about Thomas Jefferson … are we going to take down the statue, ’cause he was a major slave owner? Now are we gonna take down his statue?”

At a different point during the news conference, Trump summed up his argument and issued a prediction.

“This week it’s Robert E. Lee, I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down,” he said. “I wonder, is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, ‘Where does it stop?'”

At the time, multiple mainstream outlets mocked Trump’s suggestion. The Times cited multiple historians in an attempt to discount the prediction.

Yale history professor John Fabian Witt said Trump’s suggestion that Jefferson and Washington statues would be taken down was a “red herring.”

The Washington Post published a similar article in which Douglas Blackmon, a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, suggested Jefferson would not be demonized because his accomplishments were more significant than those of Confederate leaders.

“It’s the difference between a monument to the founder of our nation, and a monument to a key figure in an effort to break apart the nation,” Blackmon said.

“The most kind explanation of that can only be ignorance, and I don’t say that to insult the president.”

George Washington University history professor Denver Brunsman added that while Jefferson’s views of slavery were controversial, Americans realized those views do not “take away from the universal language of freedom that he provided us in the Declaration of Independence.”

Even late night host John Oliver made light of Trump’s comments, though he failed to actually rebut the point Trump was making.

WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some readers will find offensive. 

That was a master-class in “avoiding the question” from Oliver, but his point remains the same as the Post and the Times. Each of these outlets implied Trump was being ridiculous by suggesting statues of Washington and Jefferson would be taken down.

Fast forward to Monday, and Trump’s prediction came true after just four years.

The removal of the statue of Jefferson from New York’s City Hall after 187 years is disheartening but not surprising.

This incident is yet another example of the radical shift to the political left that progressives have made. It took just four years for leftists to go from mocking Trump to taking the exact action he predicted they would, and they are not stopping any time soon.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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