How America’s political class should pine for the halcyon days of just some weeks in the past, when solely statues of Accomplice generals (and the occasional Christopher Columbus) needed to worry being pulled down or defaced. Save for scattered notes of disapproval from historians, life largely went on.
Not. The ire of the mob has now shifted from Robert E. Lee and his comrades in grey to incorporate such disparate figures as Washington, Lincoln, Francis Scott Key, Miguel de Cervantes, Ulysses S. Grant, Father Junípero Serra and, if Actual Justice PAC founder Shaun King is to be believed, “white Jesus.” In consequence, it’s rising as a difficulty within the presidential race.
Which places Joe Biden in a pickle: Will he condemn those that indulge their rage by hijacking peaceable protests and directing legal acts at America’s public memorials?
Initially Mr. Biden appeared to see the brand new iconoclasm as a possibility to tar Donald Trump with the Confederacy (and implicitly white supremacy). When Mr. Biden outlined his place in a press release to Politico earlier this month, he did so solely when it comes to Accomplice figures: