In light of the George Floyd protests, many lawmakers proposed removing the names of Confederate Army members from military bases. The idea had bipartisan support with Mitch McConnell saying he’ll approve of whatever the Senate decides.
That doesn’t mean that all senators are in agreement, especially those who reside in the South. Louisiana’s John Kennedy recently said the idea of removing the names is unfairly “picking on the South.”
When asked about the proposal by reporters, Kennedy replied:
“I think history will show that in the 18th century, in the 19th century, and well into the 20th century, there were many non-Confederate generals, soldiers and others, in both the South and the North who practiced racial discrimination, anti-Semitism and misogyny. I don’t think we ought to just pick on the South.”
Wait, does Sen. John Kennedy think this is an effective political counter-attack to renaming bases that currently honor Confederates?
The Medal of Honor was established by the U.S. Army *during* the Civil War, for acts of gallantry against the Confederate enemy! https://t.co/IAUfP9Ujy0
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) June 16, 2020
When it comes to leaving the bases named as they currently are, Kennedy has the support of the President. Trump tweeted last week, “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.”
Trump continued, “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!”
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