The Trumpites' way: Posturing to protect our culture, destroying theirs
One morning, back in August of 2017, the gang on "Fox & Friends," President Trump's favorite news program, was in the midst of a feverish MAGA panic over nothing less than "the eradication of history," as Laura Ingraham called it.
It was just days after the Charlottesville, Va. protests, a violent and, in one tragic case, fatal clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in which many of the former chanted slogans like "white lives matter" and "Jews will not replace us."
Nevertheless, Trump had insisted, "Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee."
"When you see bands of criminals, which is what they were yesterday, ripping down public property and being celebrated in the American media for doing so, we have a real problem on our hands," seethed Ingraham on Fox.
"How long," she continued, "before they show up at Monticello, where I spent three years in law school at Charlottesville in Virginia? How long before they show up at Mount Vernon?"
"Or Mount Rushmore," added Pete Hegseth.
The left's persistent efforts to supposedly rewrite America's sometimes ugly history has become such a cornerstone of Fox's culture war coverage that more than a year later, Ingraham was talking about the destruction of Confederate statues again, this time, using even stronger language. "This recalls the kind of destructive mindset of let's say, ISIS," she said in December 2018. "Think about ISIS, what they did, they pillaged and they wiped away irreplaceable historical and religious monuments. From Palmyra -- remember, in Syria? -- simply because they could."
In the wake of the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, President Trump has threatened to target 52 Iranian sites if that country retaliates, "some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture," he tweeted. Even as administration officials distanced themselves from the threat, he then reiterated it.
Never mind that the intentional targeting of cultural sites is an unambiguous war crime under the 1954 Hague Convention -- which is likely why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sec. of Defense Mark Esper have publicly attempted to rule that out. At least one Fox friend was suddenly unconcerned with this particular culture war.
"I don't care about Iranian cultural sites, and I'll tell you why," Pete Hegseth said Monday night. "If you understand the Islamic Republic of Iran, of Islamists, if they could come, if they had the power, they would destroy every single one of our cultural sites and build a mosque on top of it."