White Home chief of employees John Kelly on Monday lauded the contentious army chief Gen. Robert E. Lee as an “honorable man” whereas difficult the removing of Civil Struggle memorials.
“Historical past is historical past,” the retired Marine basic (photograph) stated earlier than eulogizing the Accomplice commander for his loyalty.
“He was a person that gave up his nation to battle for his state, which one hundred fifty years in the past was extra necessary than nation,” Kelly stated through the interview with Fox Information’ Laura Ingraham. “It was all the time loyalty to state first again in these days. Now it’s totally different at the moment.”
He finally stated an lack of ability to “compromise” led to the bloody conflict between the Union and Confederates, and “each side made their stand.”
Kelly’s remarks appeared to ignore mounting calls for nationwide to dismantle Accomplice statues for symbolizing racism. Ingraham had requested the Trump staffer for touch upon an identical removing at an Alexandria, Va., church.
The Episcopal Church as soon as attended by Lee and George Washington determined Thursday to take away two plaques devoted to the previous parishioners, believing the set was an “impediment to our id as a welcoming church.”
Kelly jokingly recommended changing statues of Lee with a “cult hero,” comparable to pop artist Andy Warhol.
Moreover, Kelly doubled down on his refusal to apologize for making false feedback about Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) after the dying of a Inexperienced Beret in Niger.
“I’ll apologize if I have to, however for one thing like this, completely not. I stand by my feedback,” he stated.
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