In America, problems are not solved “via mob rule,” Army veteran Rob Smith told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday in the wake of destructive protests in Madison, Wis., and Washington, D.C.
Hundreds of troops with the Washington, D.C., National Guard have mobilized to protect monuments in the nation's capital, a Pentagon spokesperson has confirmed.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt requested the action earlier this week, as protesters target statues and other historical markers during ongoing demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s police custody death in Minneapolis at the end of May.
Protesters on Monday attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square by the White House. The Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial were also defaced in earlier protests.
“I do understand that there is a legitimate conversation to be had about the historical context of some of these statues, but I also understand that this is America. We do not solve problems via mob rule,” said Smith, the spokesperson for Turning Point USA, a non-profit organization with the goal of educating students to promote freedom.
“What we do is we actually bring up the legitimate concerns … We don't just tear statues down,” he continued.
Smith noted that some of the situations involving the tearing down of statues and monuments “end up being completely violent.”
He pointed to a couple of examples including the fact that a state senator in Wisconsin was attacked outside the Capitol during a night of violence that erupted following daylong protests.