Trump To African Americans On Confederate Monuments: ‘You Have To Learn’ History
According to Mediaite, when Fox News Channel’s Brian Kilmeade and President Trump discussed the “recent efforts by protesters to take down statues and monuments of Confederate leaders,” Trump said America has a “great history” that people need to learn from.
- Kilmeade “mentioned past leaders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were ‘brilliant’ but also owned slaves,” the report said. He asked Trump, “So how do we grow as a country and yet not forget our past?”
“You have to understand history, and you have to understand the culture,” Trump replied, saying we should not take down statues of George Washington, and noting that “half of our country is named after Washington.” We “have to remember the heritage and the culture of our country.”
- Kilmeade then asked Trump for a message to African Americans, saying “Since you have done a lot for the African-American community, what is your message to them when their ancestors were enslaved because of [these leaders who are commemorated on these monuments]?”
Trump responded by saying, “We have the greatest country on Earth. We have a heritage, we have a history and we should learn from the history, and if you don’t understand your history, you will go back to it again. You will go right back to it. You have to learn. Think of it, you take away that whole era and you’re going to go back to it sometime.”
Mediaite reported that Trump gave another rambling answer to Fox News host Sean Hannity when he asked the president what his priorities would be if he were re-elected. Trump failed to name even one, and instead chatted about “random topics unrelated to the question.”