The Geore Floyd protests brought about a new type of racial conversation. And a number of new ideas where generated through this conversation. Among them was a movement to remove the names of Confederate Generals from U.S. Military bases.
A bill passed on the matter infuriated Donald Trump who promised to veto it. The idea to rename the bases, however, does have some bi-partisan support. This includes Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican who recently told a Trump aide the White House is wrong on the issue.
Bacon is not only a second term congressman, he was also a Brigadir General in the Air Force.
The Nebraska Republican recently received a call from a Trump aide asking him to change his stance on renaming the bases. According to Bacon, he responded, “You’re wrong — you need to change. We’re the party of Lincoln, the party of emancipation; we’re not the party of Jim Crow. We should be on the right side of this issue.”
“We’re the party of Lincoln, the party of emancipation; we’re not the party of Jim Crow. We should be on the right side of this issue,” said Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican who proposed legislation to strip the names of Confederate leaders from military bases https://t.co/r7SE8tZpZE
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Other Republicans, like Lindsey Graham, also think the names should be changed. He recently said of the bill, “The issue of Army bases being named after Confederate generals is a legitimate concern in the times in which we live. I’m OK with a process that the Senate came up with. And there’s a lot of good things in this bill.”
House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn’t be against renaming the bases for, “people who didn’t rebel against the country.”
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