Ex-Trump Aide Says Confederate Monuments Should Stay Up For One Reason - Democrats Explode

A former spokeswoman for Donald Trump is facing some major backlash for her recent comments on the removal of Confederate statues. Confederate flags and statues help the nation honor its “history” and "culture,” according to Katrina Pierson, a former spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The New York Daily News reported that Pierson, who now works for the America First Policies organization, claimed the Civil War-era symbols demonstrate “how special and how wonderful this country is.” On Monday, she told Fox News: “Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with. Where would be today if not for that Civil War? How would our children even know how special and how wonderful this country is?”

Government officials across the South have been ordering the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, sparking protests and physical confrontations. Violence erupted recently in Charlottesville, Va., where the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis were among those who gathered in a city park to defend a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was scheduled to be relocated. A woman was killed and dozens of people sustained injuries when a man slammed his car into a crowd of anti-racism counter-protesters at the event.

Trump, who is siding with those who want the monuments to remain in place, claimed that some “very fine people” marched with the white supremacists in Charlottesville. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” the president tweeted. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.”

Pierson argued that individual cities should decide the fate of the statues. She cited a newly released Reuters poll in which 54 percent of respondents supported the Confederate symbols. Only 27 percent said the controversial symbols should be removed.

Vice President Mike Pence declared on “Fox & Friends” that he is “someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments.” He said the symbols’ fate should be up to the states. “What we have to walk away from is a desire by some to erase parts of our history just in the name of some contemporary political cause,” he explained, according to ABC News.

CNN reported that authorities at the University of Texas at Austin, under the cover of darkness early Monday morning, moved statues depicting Lee and three other Confederate heroes. The school’s president, Gregory Fenves, explained that the action was a response to the “horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville.” He added: “These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”

Fenves commented that the “historical and cultural significance of the Confederate statues on our campus — and the connections that individuals have with them — are severely compromised by what they symbolize.” He pointed out that the monuments were “erected during the period of Jim Crow laws and segregation,” and that they “represent the subjugation of African-Americans.” The university president accused white supremacists of exploiting the symbols to promote “hatred and bigotry.”

Source: NY Daily News
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