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The contrast between those who built and those who destroy could not have been more apparent in a recent scene in London, England.
Taking their cue from radical left protesters in America, a liberal mob in the U.K. defaced a statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph on the 76th anniversary of D-Day.
Daily Telegraph journalist Miranda Devine shared a video on Twitter showing what appears to be off-duty soldiers cleaning the memorial.
“These are real men,” the conservative columnist tweeted. “Builders, not wreckers. Protectors, not vandals. Workers, not slackers. Warriors, not wimps. They are the agents of civilization through the ages.”
These are real men. Builders, not wreckers. Protectors, not vandals. Workers, not slackers. Warriors, not wimps. They are the agents of civilization through the ages. https://t.co/TFshzeBUgJ
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) June 27, 2020
Located on Whitehall, near the Prime Minister’s official Downing Street residence, the Cenotaph — “empty tomb” — is a national war memorial constructed and dedicated to the memory of “the glorious dead” in the First World War, according to News Break.
In response to the vandalism, the statue of Churchill was crated up where it stood for protection.
Churchill’s statue today in London. I’m speechless. pic.twitter.com/lU6Y37my7e
— Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) June 12, 2020
And if you think things are nuts here in the states, across the pond the Brits actually unboxed Churchill during a visit from French President Emmanuel Macron — it’s not clear if “the man who saved Western civilization” was boxed up again after the visit.
Sir Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square has been unboxed ahead of the French president’s visit.
The statue has been in the spotlight recently as it was vandalised, boxed up and is now on show again.
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) June 18, 2020
Devine also shared a photo of Catholics cleaning the statue of King Louis IX, in St. Louis, Missouri — the city is named after the monarch.
The rage mob is demanding it be removed from public property, claiming King Louis IX was “anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and an anti-black crusader.”
Brave true patriots, saving civilization from the Visigoths and Vandals https://t.co/izBtoC4YzW
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) June 28, 2020
And while it’s encouraging to see citizens take it upon themselves to undo the damage done by poorly informed mobs, the missing factor here is accountability for the people responsible for the vandalism.
It was on that note that President Trump signed a “powerful” executive order Friday that will provide further legal protection for statues and federal monuments that are on public lands.
The order instructs federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute those who damage federal monuments, and threatens funding for state and local governments that fail to protect their own public monuments and statues, CBS News reported.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Thank you to the soldiers.
BBC, Sky News and Channel 4 are still spinning the line about how “largely peaceful” the protests were. That’s despite over 25 police officers injured, bottles thrown at horses, statues defaced & the Cenotaph trashed.
Not my idea of “largely peaceful” pic.twitter.com/1bSxoDReAO
— British Gentleman (@Englishgentlem9) June 8, 2020
The cenotaph was erected in memory of those who died fighting an oppressive violent regime who thought their way was the only way!! Sound familiar!
— IG1964 (@ivan_gideon) June 8, 2020
This is all well and good, but what SHOULD have happened is all the vandals arrested and then forced to clean up. Instead, we the taxpayers are yet again on the hook to pay the people out there cleaning it up.
— Ben Carling (@CarlingBen) June 27, 2020
Where are the activists now? Do they dare confronting them?
— Paul (@sydney001) June 27, 2020
Why is our government not charging the vandals and thugs who did this , with vandalism ?President Trump is doing so and they get 10 years in jail for dismantling statues . Let’s see how long the foot soldiers for the left keep going now that this executive order is in place .
— teresa jadvick (@Evamaliaj) June 28, 2020
This just proves it’s not about the color of your skin, it’s about how you were raised, your morals, respect, and integrity.
— FairAndBalanced (@G_Watt73) June 27, 2020
Probably one of the most disgusting/sad things I’ve witnessed over the last weeks.Woke twats destroying the UK, no respect, no brains, no future,selfish scum. Respect to these guys for cleaning up.
— PrincessJ (@Princes83314034) June 28, 2020
Where are the pathetic moronic scumbags that decided to vandalise. Mandatory sentencing of 3-6 months jail after they are required to be named and shamed and have to pay for fixing it themselves.
— Steve (@ssgoldie1) June 27, 2020