Dem. lawmaker: Anyone who supports keeping Confederate statues supports lynchings, slavery and rape

Democrats are continuing full steam ahead with their divisive rhetoric.

Last week a Missouri state representative took it to the extreme by saying she wanted to see President “Trump assassinated.”

And on Tuesday a New York Democrat representative accused anyone who did not support the removal of all things that remembered Confederate history of being white supremacists who support slavery and lynching.

“We will not rest until every single shrine to the Confederacy in this borough in this city and in this country, has been buried never to be seen again,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said as he called for the army to rename streets that were named for Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee at Fort Hamilton, the Daily Caller reported.

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“I’m no historian, but what should be clear to everybody is that the Civil War is over. White supremacy lost and the only thing we’re here to discuss is an unconditional surrender,” he said.

“There is no room for shrines to the Confederacy,” Jeffries said. “Robert E. Lee was a traitor to the United States. Stonewall Jackson—a traitor to the United States of America. Now those who choose to defend shrines to the Confederacy like to make the argument that they are simply trying to respect heritage and tradition.”

Then Jeffries ratcheted it up a notch.

“Here’s a question that many of us are asking: What tradition are you trying to defend? Is it slavery, rape, kidnap, lynching, treason?” he asked.

The representative used his speech, as the majority of Democrats do these days, to take a swipe at President Donald Trump and accuse him of supporting white supremacists.

“The answer is all of the above and it is all unacceptable. It’s also unacceptable that we have a birther in chief as president of the United States who instead of trying to bring the country together has chosen to fan the flames of racial hatred,” Rep. Jeffries said. “There is no room in this country to embrace neo-Nazis—no room to embrace the KKK—no room the embrace the alt right. And we’re determined to stand up to this president and to any individual in this administration who will play footsie and provide aid and comfort to the white supremacy movement in America.”

Rep. Yvette Clark, who said the statues at the fort ought to be relegated to museums, had previously asked for the streets to be renamed, but was denied by the Army, according to the Caller.

“The Army claims that changing these street names would be divisive. Imagine that. We strongly disagree. It’s currently divisive. We believe the name symbolize a continuing effort to divide our nation by race—an effort that unfortunately has been joined by the man that occupies the White House,” Rep. Clark said at the press conference. “We believe instead in a form of reconciliation that honors the dignity of all members of our civil society and here therefore we have introduced honoring real patriots act 2017 to require such changes at all bases in the United States of America.”

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