[Ed. – Sounds as though it’s time for some people to find a new country. This one is not going to abandon its founders to satisfy some over-the-top liberal whim.]
Progressives driving to rid public spaces of statues honoring Confederate leaders have taken pains to distinguish between the rebels and the slaveholding Founding Fathers.
On Thursday, one liberal commentator veered off script and lent credibility to President Donald Trump’s warning that the anti-Confederate movement will not stop with southern Civil War generals like Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
“I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue, or a Robert E. Lee statue,” commentator Angela Rye said on CNN. “They all need to come down.”
Daily Beast columnist John Avalon moved quickly to challenge Rye — not so much because she was wrong but because it might help Trump.
“We’ve got to be real careful about what we’re doing here,” he said on the same program. “Because we’re polarizing the conversation exactly in the direction that Donald Trump wants, Angela.”
Avalon added that Rye was buying into “exactly the slippery-slope argument that Donald Trump is presenting that Founding Fathers are the moral equal of Confederate generals.”