The former Secretary of Homeland Security under Barack Obama is calling for the removal of all Confederate war memorials, saying the move is necessary for “public safety and homeland security” and that the statues were “becoming symbols” of white supremacy and other hate groups.
Speaking with ABC News over the weekend, senior Obama aide Jeh Johnson called on towns and counties around the United States to voluntarily take-down the monuments, saying the United States fought a “war against Naziism” and the statues only helped to fuel their cause.
“What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the Confederate monuments, are now, modern-day, becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalists, for Neo-Nazis, for the KKK, and this is most alarming,” Johnson said. “We fought a world war against Naziism. The KKK reigned terror on African Americans for generations.”
“I salute those in cities and states who are taking down a lot of these monuments for reasons of public safety and security,” added the former DHS Secretary. “And that’s not a matter of political correctness. That’s a matter of public safety and homeland security and doing what’s right.”
President Trump slammed the removal of Confederate war memorials late last week, saying it was “sad” to see the nation’s “beautiful” statues being taken from the public squares.
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!” said the President.