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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s vow on Wednesday to not even consider changing the names on historic U.S. military installations as demanded by Left-wing groups in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
In an interview with Fox News, McEnany acknowledged that there is a renewed push to drop the names of some of the most recognizable U.S. military bases because they are named after Confederate generals. But she said the president has called them “historic” and has no plans to alter them.
“Look, the president saw when he looked at this issue, and I was with him when we went through this yesterday,” McEnany told Fox News’ Ed Henry.
“He takes it personally offensive the notion that the men who deployed it to World War II, to World War I to Korea all across the world to Vietnam, the last bit of the United States many of these men saw were these forts,” she said.
“And to somehow imply these forts were racist installations and that’s the last thing they saw as they left, many of whom lost their life overseas, the president will not stand for that,” she added.
“The president will respect this because these forts and these names are associated with the heroes within them not the name on the fort,” said McEnany.
The president took to Twitter Wednesday to make clear his intention to keep the current names of U.S. military installations the same.
“It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,” the president wrote. “The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”
“…Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!” Trump added.
…Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2020
Nationwide, Left-wing groups are either destroying Confederate statues and monuments or demanding they be taken down, often in violation of existing state laws.
Kinda amazing how Northam is going to totally get a pass for WEARING A KLAN HOOD (or blackface, could be either) because of this entirely symbolic action. pic.twitter.com/eziYjTNB2s
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) June 3, 2020
In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has vowed to remove a statue of top Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the capital of Richmond. Lee, a union officer who was offered command of the Federal army after 11 southern states seceded in 1861, turned down the offer to fight for Virginia instead.
Four additional Confederate monuments that are situated on Monument Avenue in the city are going to be removed as well, if Mary Levar Stoney gets his way, sometime after July 1.
“Richmond is no longer the Capital of the Confederacy – it is filled with diversity and love for all – and we need to demonstrate that,” he said in a statement.
As for Northam, a state judge immediately blocked him from carrying out the removal of Lee’s statue.
Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo granted a 10-day injunction that was sought originally by William Gregory, identified as the great-grandson of the Virginia couple who signed the deed allowing for the transfer of land where the monument sits to the state, according to a lawsuit.
In exchange, state officials promised to “affectionately protect” the statue when it received the land and annexed it onto city property.
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