CNN’s Angela Rye: Very close to slavery right now, George Washington monuments must go

Well that didn’t take long.

On the heels of President Trump asking “who’s next” in the targeting of confederate monuments, a CNN commentator called for the removal of statues of our Founding Fathers now as well.

“To me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down,” liberal analyst Angela Rye argued in a panel discussion on CNN Thursday.

“We have to get to the heart of the problem here. The heart of the problem is the way many of us were taught American history. American history is not all glorious,” Rye said, responding to host Kate Bolduan’s question, “Is it about statues and monuments?”

“George Washington was a slave owner. We need to call them out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not. He wasn’t protecting my freedoms. My ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him. And so to me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue, they all need to come down,” she continued.

Rye, a former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, then ranted about how “this country was built upon a very violent past that resulted in the death and the raping and the killing of my ancestors.”

“I’m not going to allow us to say it’s okay for Robert E. Lee but not a George Washington. We need to call it what it is,” she said.

Amazingly, Rye then warned that we are “very close” to being a nation of slavery again.

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“I don’t say they don’t deserve to be taught about, learn about it so we don’t repeat it because we are very close to repeating it right now. I’m not giving deference to George Washington or Robert E. Lee,” she said.

Daily Beast‘s Editor-in-Chief John Avlon interjected to warn Rye that she was playing into Trump’s  “slippery slope” argument.”

“Look. We have to be real careful here. What we are doing here is polarizing the conversation exactly in the direction that Donald Trump wants,” he said. “If you all of a sudden buy into the slippery slope argument that Donald Trump is presenting that the Founding Fathers were the moral equivalent of confederate generals –”

“I didn’t,” Rye responded.

“I believe you just did,” Avlon said.

“I didn’t. I don’t think you liked what I said but that’s not what I said,” Rye concluded.

Of course, Rye is not alone in her views and will have plenty nodding in agreement. But many others are waking up to the idea that perhaps the racial war is just being drummed up the media.

“Use your brain,” conservative Candice Owens advised in a video she published exposing the media narrative. ““Honestly, everybody involved in this fake racial war is a loser.”

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