Statue toppling is in vogue again.
A Confederate statue was toppled in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday.
Now, Trump supporters are fighting back. Their target: Seattle’s 7-ton bronze statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin.
The North Carolina tear-down was done to show solidarity with anti-racist activists after this past weekend’s deadly terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., according to CNN.
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Early Wednesday, the city of Baltimore removed several Confederate statues.
“While the country is busy taking down toxic statues…You guys should prep your Lenin statue for removal!” a user posted on Reddit Wednesday.
They offered a veiled threat: “Whether you like it or not, this awful symbol of communism and murder will be out (of) the picture by September.”
A rally was held Wednesday at the Lenin statue — privately owned and on private property — by people wearing President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” T-shirts and hats. A man with a bullhorn called the statue an, “Idol of evil.”
The group chanted, “Tear it down.”
If they succeed, it would be a second toppling for the Lenin statue.
The first was during the 1989 Velvet Revolution which marked the end of communism in Czechoslovakia.
A Washington man found the 16-foot-tall statue in a scrapyard, purchased it and moved it to Washington where it eventually ended up in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood in 1995.
A website with a name that can’t be printed in a family newspaper says Operation Lenin Down aims to bring down the statue. But, it didn’t say how.
They could just buy it and melt it down — it’s for sale. Asking price: $250,000, up from $150,000 in 1995.
Removal of representations of Confederate generals and other memorials to the pro-slavery Confederacy, which was defeated in the Civil War, has increased recently in the South.
Almost all of them are government sanctioned events.
A society removing monuments to leaders who have fallen out of favor is as old as civilization itself.
Ancient Egyptians sometimes did it when a dynasty ended. Modern Egyptians, as ousted President Hosni Mubarak learned, still do it today.