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Fox & Friends Host Comes Under Fire For What He Said Will Happen To 9/11 Memorial

Will monuments to the victims of 9/11 suffer the same fate as statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy? As absurd as the question may sound, the subject actually came up on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Interviewer Brian Kilmeade, referring to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinske: “Do you worry 100 years from now someone’s going to try to take that memorial down like they’re trying remake our memorials today?” The Huffington Post explained that the monument pays tribute to the passengers who forced the flight’s hijackers to crash into the ground rather than complete their deadly mission on Sept. 11, 2001. Two other airliners struck the World Trade Center that day, while another plane plowed into the Pentagon.

Zinske responded by calling the Flight 93 monument “an example of America sticking together.” He said the memorial commemorates “American heroes.” That did not stop Kilmeade from persisting in comparing such monuments with Confederate symbols. The cabinet official calmly replied: “Well, I’m one that believes that, you know, we should learn from history. And I think our monuments are a part of our country’s history. We can learn from it. Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short.”

The interview was not the first time someone on Fox News has suggested taking down 9/11 monuments. Last month, Maine Gov. Paul LePage told the network that the memorials are “just like” Confederate symbols. He compared those who want Civil War statues removed with “the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

“How can future generations learn if we’re going to erase history?” LePage asked. “That’s disgusting. They should study their history. They don’t even know the history of this country and they are trying to take monuments down. Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is. To me, it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that.”

President Trump also has defended Confederate symbols, including the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., the site of last month’s violent white-nationalist rally. The president claimed that with the removal of such monuments, “the history and culture of our great country (are) being ripped apart.”

Fox News reported last month that Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett blasted Trump and LePage, calling their comments “shameful and embarrassing.” The governor was “unhinged” and “ill informed,” according to Bartlett. Diane Russell, a Democratic candidate for governor in Maine, pointed out that LePage directed officials to take down a mural honoring the labor movement at the state’s Department of Labor offices in Augusta. The conservative LePage, who has been the subject of considerable controversy, is not eligible for re-election next year due to a term limit.

Democrat John Baldacci, a former Maine governor, appeared on WGAN to respond to Trump’s statement. He called the president “tone death,” and urged him to learn how to “comfort the country.”

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: YouTube, NY Daily News

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