GLENN: New York City, the police are on high alert today. They have strict orders to keep 24/7 surveillance in Midtown, Manhattan. They say an attack today is likely.
The target, the 70-foot statue of Christopher Columbus. It's Columbus Day. So instead of using their resources to protect the citizens, the NYPD are forced to guard a hunk of stone from potential vandals because it's Columbus Day. I'm sorry. Indigenous People's Day, as some people like Antifa have re-branded it. Antifa has big plans. In your town, if you have a statue of Columbus. Antifa is calling for collectives all over the country to take action against the most vile holiday of the year, Columbus Day. By, quote, decorating neighborhoods.
They say, put up a mural or poster or banners. I'm sure the poster or banners that you would get at Party City is exactly what Antifa is thinking about.
Did we not learn anything from Charlottesville? Have we forgotten about Heather Heyer so fast? Italian Americans legitimately celebrate Columbus Day. Isn't it a little culturally insensitive to ruin this day for them?
Who is Antifa, to destroy a day that is so important to the Italian immigrants who helped build this country?
Now, here's the real point: You want to protest an inanimate object,it your right. It's my right to call you stupid every day.
I mean, how does an inanimate object -- how does a statue affect your life, really?
It's not your right to lead to violence over a statue. Not to mention, it accomplishes nothing. Defacing a symbol is just that, symbolic. You can't tear down the past.
What we have to realize is history is messy. Columbus was amazing in many ways. But he also wasn't a saint. Far from it. He cared more in the end about gold than the New World, and he treated the natives of the Caribbean horribly.
But he will forever be a part of our past. So we can either learn from that, the good and the bad. Or we can fail and make the same mistakes over and over again.
On Columbus Day, let's celebrate the fact that our history is transparent. For everyone who truly wants to see the whole picture, it's available. It's complicated. It's raw. It's unedited.
And that's exactly the way history should remain.