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Lt. Col. West: 'No Difference' Between American Mobs and ISIS in Statue Toppling

By Andrew Davenport | June 29, 2020 | 3:38pm EDT
A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Va., on June 10, 2020. (Photo credit: PARKER MICHELS-BOYCE/AFP via Getty Images)
A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Va., on June 10, 2020. (Photo credit: PARKER MICHELS-BOYCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Lt. Col Allen West criticized mobs tearing down statues for becoming almost "seditious," comparing their actions to the Taliban and ISIS while speaking with Mark Levin on Levin's Fox News show, "Life, Liberty, and Levin" on Sunday.

“When you have people that are going on air, and they are saying that if our demands are not met, we are going to burn the system down, when you have individuals who are going into a major urban population center and they are declaring an autonomous zone, when you have people that are destroying monuments and memorials and going after our history and our traditions, there is no difference between what we see happening in America right now than what the Taliban did in Bamyan province in Afghanistan and what ISIS did in northern Iraq and also in Syria in establishing the caliphate," West said.

The lieutenant colonel and former Florida Republican congressman emphasized the importance of the rule of law in America. 

“Well, what we are seeing in the United States of America is an ideological civil war, and we are seeing people that have gone beyond that constitutional right of freedom of speech, and freedom of expression, and the right to petition their government for redress of grievances," he said. "And this now has almost become sedition."

Below is a transcript of this part of the segment:

Levin:

"You've been around a while. You've seen combat. You've seen some of our cities burning. You've seen riots. You've seen the media, how they've been reporting on this. You see how Democrat mayors are conducting themselves. You see how the Democrat leadership is conducting itself. What -- just give us generally, what is your feeling about what you're seeing."

West:

“Well what we are seeing in the United States of America is an ideological civil war, and we are seeing people that have gone beyond that constitutional right of freedom of speech, and freedom of expression, and the right to petition their government for redress of grievances. And this now has almost become sedition. This is about undermining the very foundation and fundamental principles and values of these great United States of America as a constitutional republic. 

When you have people that are going on air, and they are saying that if our demands are not met, we are going to burn the system down, when you have individuals who are going into a major urban population center and they are declaring an autonomous zone, when you have people that are destroying monuments and memorials and going after our history and our traditions, there is no difference between what we see happening in America right now than what the Taliban did in Bamyan province in Afghanistan and what ISIS did in northern Iraq and also in Syria in establishing the caliphate.

It’s the exact same thing with establishing these autonomous zones. This comes down to one simple choice that we all have to make. Do we stand for the rule of law, or are we going to allow mob rule in the United States of America?”

Andrew Davenport is a student at Regent University, where he studies political communication and American politics. He has served as the chairman of the Regent Young Americans for Freedom and a student alumni ambassador since 2018. He is a member of the National Journalism Center program and serves as the senior representative of Regent University student government. Following his undergraduate, he plans to pursue an M.A. in government focusing on public policy.   

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