U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, in a produced video he tweeted out Thursday afternoon, stood against a “mob” seeking to destroy a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington.
While the mob wasn’t yet present when Scott recorded the video, people were expected to congregate Thursday evening to attempt to tear down the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park.
Protesters under the aegis of the Freedom Neighborhood, reports Newsweek, plan to tear down the statue because Black people had no say in its development or placing.
Scott objected strenuously, saying that the move reflected “anarchy” aided and abetted by “left wing mayors, left wing governors sitting on the sidelines and watching things happen.”
“I’ve got a statue of Lincoln behind me with the Emancipation Proclamation,” Scott said. “It was started by a freed slave and started with her first earnings when she was free.”
“Lincoln was not a Confederate soldier or Confederate general,” Scott added, “but we have individuals around this country vowing to tear down this statue.”
“They are delusional. They are wrong. They are ignorant of our history,” the Senator continued. “This is anarchy.”
“This is exactly what happens in communist countries,” Scott continued. “They come in. They start tearing down the statues. They rewrite history and try to rename everything.”
“What’s next? Is it the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, are they going to start burning our books, rewriting history.”
“They hate our country and they want to make sure our children and grandchildren hate this country,” Scott said. “It has got to stop.”
The Senator, being interviewed on the Guy Benson Show Thursday on Fox News Radio, elaborated on his comments.
“He signed the Emancipation Proclamation to free them!”
Scott reprised his riff on “what they do in communist countries,” saying “they hate America” and “think we’re fundamentally evil.”
For Scott, the defense of the Lincoln statue continues a recent trend of bemoaning the destruction of monuments to U.S. Presidents of the 19th century.
A Tuesday afternoon Tweet found the Senator defending monuments against the depredations of “liberal politicians” and “the mob” they enable. In that case, the statue was of Andrew Jackson, best known for signing the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
Reports of a mob planning to tear down a monument honoring Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation tonight is outright unacceptable.
It’s time to stop the madness being led by the radical Left to destroy and rewrite history. America is a beacon of FREEDOM and HOPE. pic.twitter.com/hUXosJkxUG
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 25, 2020