You know, this all goes back to the myth that President Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people.” He specifically condemned the neo-Nazis in a statement; the fine people on both sides were those arguing for and against removing Confederate statues and memorials. Trump feared it was a slippery slope; if General Robert E. Lee were “disappeared,” what about Jefferson or Washington? Where did it end? It was a valid question.
Somehow that question has reached Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, who told an audience he favors removing Thomas Jefferson’s name from events and buildings … but not history books. But really, what about the Jefferson Memorial? Do we tear down the statue and rename the building?
— New York Post (@nypost) May 18, 2019
“There’s a lot, of course, to admire in his thinking and his philosophy,” Buttigieg said of the author of the Declaration of Independence and the nation’s third president.
“But then again, if you plunge into his writings, especially the ‘Notes on the State of Virginia,’ you know that he knew slavery was wrong. And yet he did it,” he explained.
“There’s a lot to admire in his thinking and his philosophy,” said Buttigieg of the slave-owning president. So, would he say there were fine people on both sides of the argument?
I mean are these really the priorities of a serious presidential candidate?
— mikel (@mf_soul) May 18, 2019
I was actually thinking this might be a relatively tolerable Democrat. I was clearly mistaken.
— shielded (@catchinflak) May 18, 2019
Dude, if we follow this train of thought we have to change the name of the capital and a state
— Nilesh Kumaraswamy (@Bolobulge) May 18, 2019
— Barbara Portnoy (@BarbaraP1958) May 18, 2019
I want his campaign erased.
— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis338) May 18, 2019
That's about all we need to know about this one. And then there were 22 or whatever.
— Robert Godfrey (@RobertGodfrey9) May 18, 2019
As a Republican, I hope Pete is the nominee, because Trump would swat him down easily.
— Andrew JL (@AndrewDahDude) May 18, 2019
Do we get rid of the nickel?
— j (@j46637332) May 18, 2019
There goes Virginia.
— Frank Vignuli (@fvignuli) May 18, 2019
They're trying to erase history. Good or bad, we have history. This is what totalitarianism regimes do.
— Gary D (@gdedilectis) May 18, 2019
I’m no fan of Jefferson. But the ongoing effort to strip the American founders of their place of honor in the US is cultural vandalism directed against the country itself. https://t.co/ANc4BWBFya
— Yoram Hazony (@yhazony) May 18, 2019
You should pick up a legit history book to see what this man did for this country.
— Blackhawk (@john_lewis54) May 18, 2019
Not going to happen.
— RaymondCharles (@alphacenturian1) May 18, 2019
The author of the Declaration of Independence? One of the greatest of our Founding Fathers? Oh hell no…this guy can go pound sand. https://t.co/8qg0nXDyYE
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) May 18, 2019
Just plain stupid. That’s what the Soviets did when they didn’t like their history.
— ?deborah? (@dcibbott) May 18, 2019
Good God. Stick to policy Pete.
— William Edwin Fish (@optimusfish) May 18, 2019
Please tell Alfred E Neuman his 15 min of boring fame is up. Thank you !!
— maximus (@Maximuss9999) May 18, 2019
Stay in your crime ridden poor city.. Jefferson is an American Hero
— Tyler (@TDiP7) May 18, 2019
— Lee Tourneau (@Lee_Tourneau) May 18, 2019
Why don't they rename the democratic party, so that it is not the same as the one that wanted slavery and the KKK? The one that held off helping its allies in both world wars? The one that wanted segregation? The one that wants baby murder paid for by the government? Gave us AOC?
— Captain Canada (@loganofcanada) May 18, 2019
I thought he was an interesting candidate. However, now I think he's a dumb schmuck.
— Bill Heller (@noturbine) May 18, 2019
This guy couldn't hold Jeffersons' jock strap
— Brian Corbett (@IronballsMcGnty) May 18, 2019
Church to remove plaque honoring George Washington that made some feel unsafe https://t.co/fr6FnfEo0D
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 28, 2017