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Irony: ‘Hamilton’ Star Open to Removal of Washington, Jefferson Statues

The lead actor for the Broadway blockbuster ‘Hamilton’, Leslie Odom Jr., fell into the chasm of hypocrisy this week when he voiced his support for pulling down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson over their support of slave ownership.

He quipped, “You can reexamine things in the future, but if a statue has to come down for a minute, we’re allowed to do that.”

Despite that neither of the founding fathers thought the institution was a good one, Odom agreed with Antifa/BLM radicals who have been on a rampage of pulling down monuments across the South.

But here’s the grand irony Odom’s statement: Alexander Hamilton did not openly advocate for abolition of slavery.

In fact, Washington and Jefferson were more outspoken about the need to free slaves than was Hamilton.

Seems the left’s principles hold until a hefty paycheck bids them reconsider.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Actor Leslie Odom Jr. says public statues should be erected to “inspire us,” to “teach us,” and to “give us hope,” but if they no longer do so, communities can decide that they don’t want them anymore — even when it comes to statues of America’s Founding Fathers.

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The star of the Broadway sensation Hamilton told TMZ this week that no statue should be “off the table for discussion” on whether or not it could be removed.

“If we decide as a community that this bronze commemoration is no longer doing that, if it’s no longer inspiring us, if it’s no longer making us feel great about ourselves, they come down for a while, or forever,” he said.

“You can reexamine things in the future, but if a statue has to come down for a minute, we’re allowed to do that,” Odom added.

“We’re even allowed to do that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington,” he added. “We’re allowed to. They’re not off the table for discussion. I think it’s a great question.”

Odom’s comments to TMZ come as left-wing activists across the country have mobilized in attempts to remove Confederate monuments and other Civil War statues from public places.

Earlier this week, the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues from public spaces in the middle of the night, with the city council approving the move in a unanimous vote.

“They needed to come down,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun. “My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”

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