Mayor Pete: Eradicating the memory of Thomas Jefferson is the ‘right thing to do’

Mayor Pete: Eradicating the memory of Thomas Jefferson is the ‘right thing to do’
Thomas Jefferson

You read right. He is not referring to Jefferson Davis, the erstwhile president of the Confederacy. He is referring to Thomas Jefferson, our third president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, who has become one of the Left’s targets for historical revision owing to the fact he owned slaves.

As Cameron Cawthorne of the Washington Free Beacon notes, Buttigieg was a guest on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” and was asked to comment on his state’s 2016 decision to rename its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which has since been called the “Hoosier Hospitality Dinner.”

Mayor Pete’s  response:

I think it’s the right thing to do. Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor. … Jefferson is more problematic. There’s a lot of course to admire in his thinking and his philosophy, 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.

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Let me see if I have this straight. Buttigieg correctly acknowledges that Jefferson was opposed to slavery but still believes his name should be struck from “events.”

The Democrat, who himself has designs on the White House, went on to say that Democrats don’t favor removing the chapter on Jefferson from U.S. history books or denying that is a founding father. Well, golly — that’s big of Mayor Pete.

In any case he’s wrong in assuming he speaks for all Democrats. In 2018, some of his fellow party members vandalized a statue of Jefferson on the University of Virginia campus (which Jefferson designed!), smearing the sculpture with the phrase racist + rapist.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."