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Varney: What does Biden think about trashing statues?

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney wonders what presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden thinks of tearing down statues, the defacing federal property, the Democratic National Committee attacking President Trump over his planned trip to Mount Rushmore or Seattle’s CHOP.

President Trump is set to attend a fireworks display for a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore, the iconic monument that honors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

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But the planned visit drew some ire from the Democratic National Committee, which tweeted that his visit is "glorifying white supremacy."

While the tweet was later taken down, FOX Business' Stuart Varney noted the Democrats' first thought was to "somehow slime the president" during his recent "My Take."

"So we've come to this: Virtually any statue from the past can be attacked, vandalized and torn down, and that includes George Washington," Varney said.

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New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote in a Sunday op-ed that "Yes, even George Washington" statues must be taken down due to the ongoing debate over existing monuments.

"On the issue of American slavery, I am an absolutist: enslavers were amoral monsters," Blow wrote. "The very idea that one group of people believed that they had the right to own another human being is abhorrent and depraved. The fact that their control was enforced by violence was barbaric."

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Blow argued slaveowners "used anti-black dehumanization to justify the holding of slaves and the profiting from slave labor."

The New York Times columnist explained Washington owned more than 100 slaves and noted Washington's support of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 which allowed slave owners to capture runaways in any state and criminalized helping slaves to escape. The Thirteenth Amendment later nullified the law.

Varney worries "trashing the Founding Fathers" a slippery slope.

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"When only the far left's opinion on race, culture and history is the only opinion that's allowed, you know the country has a problem," Varney said.

While this debate is raging, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has remained somewhat silent, Varney noted.

"He told Politico that he supports a commission to decide on renaming military bases but that's about it," Varney said. "He hasn't held a press conference in months."

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Varney believes Americans aren't happy to see the country's history "canceled and spray painted."

"Don't tell me we are prepared to see a presidential candidate ignore what members of his own party are doing," Varney said.

Varney said Biden is also not weighing in on the defund the police movement and the death of a 16-year-old who was shot in Seattle's CHOP zone.

"So far, silence has been golden," Varney said. "He's gone up in the polls without saying a word. It's time he faced real questions, and then we'll all be able to make an informed decision in November."

Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Varney: Economy can’t take a second coronavirus shutdown

Varney: ‘Once was enough’ for total US coronavirus shutdown

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney argues America should not implement a total shutdown again despite an increase in cases due to the possible negative economic impacts a second lockdown could cause. Then, FOX Business’ Charles Payne joins to weigh in on the subject.

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney, in his latest “My Take,” argues America should not implement a second nationwide lockdown.

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“It sure looks like a second wave," Varney said. "We can argue all day long about whether it’s a spike in new cases or a surge, or a 'serious' increase'. But the fact is, the number of new cases is going up, especially in some of the states that started to reopen.”

Varney pointed to governors in Texas, Florida and California who have imposed some restrictions again.

“Miami closes the beaches for the July 4 weekend,” Varney noted. “Sec. Azar says the window is closing to curb the surge.”

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A restaurant advertises a re-opening Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Varney asked, should we have a second lockdown at the state or national level?

“In my opinion, no,” he said. “Quite simply, the economy couldn't take it. Nor could all those people who have been locked in with abusive relationships. And all those people denied life-saving medical tests and elective surgery. We can't go back to that.”

Varney noted how President Trump is reacting to this new “wave.”

“The president says no new national lockdown. Instead, put out the fires at the local level,” Varney said. “That’s what the bar and beach closings are all about. Wear masks, keep your distance, wash your hands. That’s the policy. Contain the outbreaks. Limit the spread.”

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Visitors crowd the beach Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Young people will have trouble sticking to the rules during the summer, Varney believes.

“They've already missed college and high school graduation ceremonies,” he said. “It will not be easy to get them off the beach and out of the bar.”

Varney said the economy will take a hit from these new rules.

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“There will be some impact on the pace of the economic recovery,” he said. “You can't expand rapidly if there are still restrictions on economic activity. The virus will not go away completely any time soon. There are going to be local outbreaks. There will be local shutdowns. That’s the way it is. That’s what we have to live with.”

Varney said under no circumstances should America shut down again.

“Once was enough,” he said.

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Varney: Trump standing for law and order amid violent protests

Varney: Silence from Dems on protests is ‘deafening’

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney argues anarchy and protests won’t win votes for the Democrats.

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney, in his latest “My Take,” argues President Trump is taking action against violent protesters.

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“Dismay is giving way to outrage. In the last two weeks we've seen a constant stream of violent demonstrations and occupations,” Varney said. “Understandably perhaps, many have been embarrassed that this is happening in our country. Appalled at the George Floyd killing. Dismayed by the violence. But nothing was done. Night after night the monuments toppled, the flag was burned, churches vandalized, people beaten.”

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However, that stage of the unrest is over, Varney said.

“Something is being done,” he said. “In Washington right now, hundreds of National Guard troops are marshaling: they will protect the statues and monuments scattered all over the capitol.”

The White House is visible behind a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington, with the word “Killer” spray painted on its base. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Varney noted the Democrat governor in Wisconsin has also called the National Guard.

“This follows the beating of a state senator who had been taking pictures of the demonstrators,” Varney said. “Enough is enough! In Madison, the demonstrators had actually taken down the statue of Hans Christian Heg, an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery. They chucked the statue in a lake.”

Varney believes the politics of all this may be shifting.

“The silence from Democrats has been deafening: they wouldn't even debate Sen. Tim Scott's police reform bill!” he said. “They've said not a word about the trashing of St. John's Episcopal Church, known as the Church of Presidents right next to the White House. They've run away from the anarchists ‘zone’ in Seattle. They won't even defend George Washington.”

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New cement and wood barricades bear the name CHOP, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, inside what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Varney said anarchy is not a vote-winner for Democrats.

“As The Wall Street Journal editorialized this week: ‘somebody has to put a stop to this,’” Varney said. “Somebody has to stand up and speak out because America will not just roll over as the mob destroys history and obliterates free speech.”

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Varney said Biden won't take action against the mob.

“Who stands for law and order?” he asked. “It’s not Joe Biden. It is President Trump!”

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