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Imagine if Thomas Jefferson overthrew the government

MSNBC host and racing entertainer Reverend Al Sharpton is a bit confused about why the Founding Fathers are famous and what Americans celebrate each year on July 4th.

“One day, our children’s children will read American history, and can you imagine our reading that James Madison or Thomas Jefferson tried to overthrow the government so they could stay in power? That’s what we’re looking at,” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re looking at American history, and how it plays out is going to be very important.”

His comments are a reaction to the third and final indictment of former President Donald Trump, this one related to the events of January 6, 2021. Contrary to common belief, Biden’s Justice Department is not accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, which he has already been acquitted by the US Senate. Instead, the DOJ is prosecuting him for claiming that the 2020 election was rigged, a view shared by many and protected by the First Amendment.

Presumably, Shapton was confused about the actual charges in the indictment and was trying to point out that the revered Founding Fathers would never try to “overthrow the government,” as Trump allegedly tried to do on January 6, 2021.

Of course, the Founding Fathers did try to “overthrow the government” and they succeeded! The American Revolution, a bloody war to overthrow tyrannical British rule in the colonies, is the reason the United States exists today. Every year on the 4th of July, we commemorate the signing of the historic Declaration of Independence, when the 13 colonies formally announced that they were breaking with British rule and declaring themselves free and independent.

Amazingly, no one on the “Morning Joe” panel seemed to notice Sharpton’s enormous misunderstanding of American history.

No one stepped in to point out the irony of Sharpton accusing Trump of inciting an insurrection when he himself fueled the racist and deadly riots in Crown Heights in 1991. Black-Jewish tension reached an all-time high after two black children in New York. York City’s Crown Heights neighborhood was hit by a car that was part of a motorcade carrying a Jewish religious leader. One child died and the other survived.

Sharpton inspired violence and hatred after the crash by publicly and falsely suggesting that the Hasidic ambulance crew purposely failed to help injured black children so they could treat the Jewish men in the vehicle. Under sworn testimony, a former Hasidic resident of Crown Heights even said he heard Sharpton repeatedly say “Kill the Jews” as he marched through the streets in protest.

The irony, of course, doesn’t stop there. In 2017, Sharpton he called for the federal government to stop maintaining the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC because Jefferson was a slave owner. Sharpton claimed that the commemoration of the third president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence was an “insult to my family”. In other words, Sharpton is a vacillating fraud who has no sincere opinions and is only interested in scoring political points. If advantageous, Sharpton will denounce Jefferson as a racist and a few years later will wrongly praise him for no trying to “overthrow the government”.

Finally, we all know that Trump wasn’t trying to overthrow the government to “stay in power” on January 6, 2021, because he explicitly told the protesters to “act peacefully and patriotically.” [their] voices heard” that day. Biden, however, is trying to “stay in power” illegally by weaponizing the deep state against his main political rival with numerous and unfounded accusations. No one at MSNBC pointed out this irony either.

Evita Duffy-Alfonso is a writer for The Federalist and co-founder of Chicago Thinker. He loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing and his family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at


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