Donald Trump: 'Radical activists ... undermine Christopher Columbus's legacy'

A Marine is posted outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is in the Oval Office, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Presidential proclamation includes stark warnings

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's proclamation Friday commemorating Columbus Day veered from a typical White House holiday announcement, with stark warnings of "radical activists" seeking to tarnish the explorer's legacy.

Native American advocates have pressed states for years to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Christopher Columbus helped launch centuries of genocide against Indigenous populations in the Americas.

"Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus's legacy," Trump said in his proclamation declaring Monday Columbus Day. "These extremists seek to replace discussion of his vast contributions with talk of failings, his discoveries with atrocities, and his achievements with transgressions."

Trump has been projecting himself as a defender of America's history and monuments as he seeks reelection. He signed an executive order recently to establish a commission to promote what he calls "patriotic education." The move is in part a response to The New York Times' "1619 Project," which highlights the long-term consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans.

Trump frequently cites the commission at his campaign rallies, and he did so again in his proclamation Friday. 

Trump has also ordered federal agencies to end diversity training programs. In his proclamation Friday, he said many such programs "are grounded in the same type of revisionist history that is trying to erase Christopher Columbus from our national heritage."

"Together, we must safeguard our history and stop this new wave of iconoclasm by standing against those who spread hate and division," Trump declared.

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What Trump said was absolutely right. Everything said about Columbus by the left is a lie! They’ve misrepresented him the same way creationists have misrepresented Darwin. For example, Zinn quoted Columbus as saying the Arawak and Taino as “fine servants” deliberately leaving out “of god. He omits the next sentence, which says “They would very readily become Christians.” Columbus was not talking about conversion, not enslavement! Zinn also included a quote from two days later which says “With fifty men we could subjugate them and make them do what ever we want.” Columbus was talking about an enemy tribe, not his Arawak Taino allies! Zinn also omits Columbus’s praise for the natives. The Genoese explorer referred to them as “the men from heaven” and “the most beautiful men and the most beautiful women.” He told his men to Christianize the Arawak and Taino “by love rather than by force.” Columbus also instructed the Spaniards “not to take anything from the people without giving anything back.” When the Spanish nobles disobeyed his orders and mistreated the natives, Columbus, with the queens approval, had them jailed or hanged. Columbus also protected the Arawak and Taino from the cannibalistic, war-like, misogynistic Carib Tribe.

Zinn claims in his ludicrously named “People’s History” that Columbus captured 1200 slaves and brought them back to Spain, most of them dying on the trip back. He neglects to mention that these “slaves were POWS” who killed 39 of his men!
Columbus’s ultimate goal was to convince indigenous Americans and the Grand Khan to become Catholics, then to help him retake Jerusalem from Islamic colonialists. If he had mistreated the native folk, this goal would have never been fufilled!

Another Columbus quote-mine involves the Juana de La Torres letter, in which Columbus talks about the selling of girls aged nine for a high price into sexual slavery. Eric Kasum, Dylan Matthews, David Murrell, and deliberately left out the next sentence, in which Columbus describes such a practice as “ violence of a terrible calumny by turbulent persons”, in order to mislead people into thinking he was advocating rather than condemning the practice. Juana de La Torres was a woman and mother, why would he advocate sex slavery to her?!

Leftists like Justin Ward have abused statements by Bartolomo Le Casas, in which he attacks atrocities by Spaniards in Cuba, to condemn Columbus. They fail to mention that he arrived years after Columbus left the New World, committed atrocities himself against Amerindians, and lauded Christopher Columbus as a “good christian.” saying that he “dare not blame the Admiral’s intentions, for I knew him well and I knew that his intentions were genuine.”

Lefties also quote Columbus as saying that “I will bring back as much gold and slaves as possible.” As Michael Knowles of explained, Columbus was making a moral concession. The Spanish were sponsoring his trip, and expected him to bring back currency and captives, which he did. If he hadn’t brought those things back, they would have ended their sponsorship of him, and would have been able to pursue his holy crusade of liberating Jerusalem from Muslim control. And as I said earlier, the “slaves“ he brought back were POWS.

Columbophobes like James Nevius, love to use Francisco Bobadilla’s report to demonize the Genosese explorer. They ignore Bobadilla’s fierce political rivalry with Columbus and his stated goal of usurping Columbus’s governorship , and how he arrested Columbus without corresponding. Using a report from an archenemy, who more than likely lied and repeated lies from other enemies and bribed fair weather friends of Columbus, to condemn the man is like using a report from Bush to bash Kerry.

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand obviously realized how biased and skewed the report was, since they released Columbus from prison after only a week and recalled Bobadilla, who drowned on the return voyage to Spain. Unlike Columbus, Bobadilla did nothing to restrain settlers or prevent their abuses. After only seven weeks, Columbus was completely exonerated. And contrary to James Nevius’s claim, the document was not newly uncovered, it had been released long before 2006, when he wrote his article.


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