Trump Is Personally Offended That U.S. Military Could Stop Honoring Confederate Generals, Says McEnany

Donald Trump’s press secretary says the president finds it “personally offensive” that the U.S. military bases named for Confederate generals could be changed. After the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to update names to avoid honoring those who led the fight against the United States, McEnany held a press conference to declare that Trump would not support any such legislation.

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Roll Call reports that the amendment to the annual defense bill would have required the Pentagon to rename forts such as Benning and Bragg. Elizabeth Warren is quoted as explaining the amendment, saying “It’s long past time to end the tribute to white supremacy on our military installations.”

Trump has reacted strongly to the wave of change in the public attitude towards celebration of the Confederacy, tweeting an allusion to the notion that removing statues, flags, and monuments honoring the Confederacy and confederate leaders somehow erases the history itself.

In a press briefing Wednesday, Kayleigh McEnany read a statement from Trump, saying that his administration would not consider any legislation that would change the names of any U.S. Military forts. When asked on Thursday for further clarification about whether she really intended to say that the president would not even listen to legislators but would unilaterally veto legislation, she responded, saying that the idea was “personally offensive” to Trump.

According to RawStory, McEnany was asked follow-up questions Thursday during a Fox News appearance, and responded as follows:

Yeah, what the president saw when he looked at this issue, he takes it personally offensive, the notion that the men who deployed 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. 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.

Trump also tweeted Thursday, suggesting that to change the names of these bases would somehow be disrespectful to the U.S. Military.

According to Military.com however, the U.S. Army Secretary is open to the idea of changing the names of the ten bases that currently honor confederate leaders. It would reflect a related cultural shift that has been in progress for some time, culminating in other recent changes, such as the U.S. Marines’ official declaration this week that the Confederate flag will be banned on bases, and should not appear even on bumper stickers, coffee mugs, or t-shirts on base.

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