Ignoring bad history doesn’t make it go away (video)
Amid the national fervor over Civil War monuments, a former Trump spokeswoman is reminding the left that doing away with reminders of history doesn’t change anything. Democrats ought to listen up.
Tea Party advocate and Trump campaign spox Katrina Pierson joined Fox News Monday to discuss the controversy Democrats are currently fueling over monuments.
“Absolutely not,” Pierson said when asked if House Speaker Paul Ryan should join Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the congressional building.
“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi said in a statement calling for the removal of monuments last week.
Pierson’s read of the situation is that Democrats like Pelosi are taking a cheap politically opportunistic position on the issue.
“How long has Nancy Pelosi been in Washington, D.C.? Those monuments have been there for a very long time, and suddenly, Nancy Pelosi wants to help these anarchists and these violent protestors tear down pieces of America, American culture and American history,” she added.
Pierson rightly noted that destroying reminders of the past is a favorite tactic of fascist movements.
“The only place that that’s being done right now is by ISIS, and I really don’t think that you should have leaders actually encouraging people to do these types of things, because Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with,” she said.
When fellow guest and Johns Hopkins professor Wendy Osefo suggested the monuments don’t deserve a place on government property because they’re “nefarious,” Pierson countered: “It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country.”
If statues throughout the nation are to be removed, she added, the decision should be a local one, not a matter of national policy handed down following violent protests and chaos, she added.