President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that the cause of the U.S. Civil War was the inability for the North and the South to compromise on the issue of slavery. What would compromise have entailed? A continuation of slavery.
Instead, Mr. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, resurrected the debate over Confederate monuments — previously fueled by his boss, President Trump, over the summer — and the Confederacy itself. He called Robert E. Lee “an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state,” said that “men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand,” and argued that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.”