CNN political analyst as well as Politico White House correspondent Ryan Lizza asked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday whether President Donald Trump thought This kind of was Great in which the Confederacy lost the Civil War.
Their exchange was as follows:
Lizza: Kayleigh, there’s a national conversation going on right at This kind of point about the proper place of symbols of the Confederacy — statues, memorials, names — as well as in which the president has repeatedly inserted himself into This kind of debate. as well as I think a lot of people are trying to understand what his view of memorializing the Confederacy is usually, as well as the proper place of the Confederate flag. So, a couple questions. One: does he believe, does President Trump believe in which This kind of was a Great thing in which the South lost the Civil War? as well as then, two: is usually he interested in following NASCAR’s example as well as banning the Confederate flag at his own events?
McEnany: Well, your first question is usually absolutely absurd. He’s proud of the United States of America. Second, with regard to our statues, Americans oppose tearing down our statues. There’s a Harvard/Harris poll released just last week in which shows 60% of respondents said the statues should remain, as well as 71% said local governments should block groups coming from physically destroying the statutes. So he stands on the side of preserving our history.
Lizza: The question was actually about the Confederate flag at his rallies. Will he — is usually he interested in banning the Confederate flag at his rallies?
McEnany: in which would certainly be a question for his campaign. however look — This kind of president’s focused on taking action, on fixing problems. in which’s why he had his executive order, just a few weeks ago, to keep our streets safe as well as secure. in which’s where his focus lies. as well as I think in which those who are tearing down statues, they do appear to have no ideology when they are tearing down statues as well as defacing statues of Matthias Baldwin, an abolitionist; Hans Christian Heg, who died fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War; a memorial for African American soldiers who fought inside the Civil War was damaged in Boston; as well as a monument to fallen police officers was vandalized in Sacramento. This kind of is usually unacceptable; This kind of’s why the president took strong action; This kind of’s why he has an executive order saying those tearing down statues will be punished to the fullest extent of the law; This kind of’s why four people were charged. He will not stand for lawlessness as well as chaos. He stands with 71% of Americans who say there is usually no place for tearing down statues, as these anarchists are doing across the nation.
Lizza persisted in trying to ask about the Confederate flag at Trump rallies, however McEnany moved on to another journalist.
Journalists have repeatedly attempted to ask questions in which imply President Trump is usually associated with the Confederacy. In 2017, one asked him at a press conference: “Are you against the Confederacy?” The president ignored the question.
The Confederacy seceded coming from the United States to preserve the institution of slavery, which Republicans opposed.
Last year, the president delivered an address on the Fourth of July, in which he said: “Devotion to our founding ideals led American patriots to abolish the evil of slavery, secure civil rights, as well as expand the blessings of liberty to all Americans.”
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