Leftists are fully embracing the destruction of history, as a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt is awaiting removal from the entrance of The American Museum of Natural History in New York City according to officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
The bronze statue that has stood at the museum’s Central Park West entrance since 1940, as the New York Times reported, depicted Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man standing next to the horse.
“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” de Blasio announced Sunday in a written statement. “It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”
The statue, which depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American and an African American man standing next to him, was vandalized with a red liquid in the past to represent blood.
“Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” the museum’s president, Ellen Futter, told the Times.
“We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism,” she added. “Simply put, the time has come to move it.”
Futter said the museum objected to the statue but not to Roosevelt, a pioneering conservationist whose father was a founding member of the institution and who served as New York’s governor before becoming the 26th U.S. president.
She said the museum was naming its Hall of Biodiversity for Roosevelt “in recognition of his conservation legacy.”
At his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, President Trump criticized the ongoing attempts by protestors and politicians alike to eradicate history
“The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments, our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control,” Trump said.
“This cruel campaign of censorship and exclusion violates everything we hold dear as Americans,” the president added. “They want to demolish our heritage so they can impose their new repressive regime in its place.”
Several politicians have similarly called to have the 11 statues of Confederate officers and leaders currently located in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building removed.
Sen. Cory Booker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor this week to ask for unanimous consent to have the statues removed.
Trump has previously said he will not consider renaming U.S. military bases that carry the names confederates. He suggested this again during his rally, saying: “We’re not conforming, that’s why we’re here, actually.”
Trump, who celebrated the Republican Party as the “party of Abraham Lincoln” Saturday night, also said the call to remove historic statues and portraits is a form of “censorship.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this week had four portraits of Confederate sympathizers removed from the Capitol.
Officials said it hasn’t been determined when the Roosevelt statue will be removed and where it will go.