Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke were talking about 9/11 when Kilmeade asked Zinke if he worried that someone in the future might try to take down the 9/11 memorial as they are taking down statues today.
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“I’m one that believes we should learn from history,” Zinke responded, “and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history. We can learn from it. And since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone’s going to fall morally short, and I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA.”
Kilmeade’s question rankled The View’s Whoopi Goldberg.
“Victims, 9/11. Perpetrators, Confederacy. You understand the difference?” Goldberg said, referring to the Fox News host. “When you see something that is put together to intimidate… and that is celebrating a group of people who decided that they wanted to fight for their right to own slaves. I think it’s kind of––you can’t––it’s beyond apples and oranges. Get a book, read a book, crack a book, read something.”
Perhaps Whoopi ought to ‘crack a book,’ she might learn that most Confederate soldiers didn’t own slaves nor was that the reason many were fighting.
But Kilmeade, who is a best-selling author and who has cracked a book. didn’t let Whoopi’s comment go by.
Mentioning the fact that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is convening a commission to analyze every statue in the city “to see if they’re worthy of staying up” in addition to movements in various cities to remove statues of Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, Andrew Jackson, and even George Washington, Kilmeade showed colleague Shannon Bream Goldberg’s comments on The View.
“They are now putting a definer on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. They are now defiling the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. They are chopping off heads of Columbus who I don’t think fought in the Civil War but I gotta crack a book according to Whoopi Goldberg,” Kilmeade said.
Bream acknowledged the evils of slavery but also the problem that exists “when you go around erasing all history” given America’s “complex” past.
Kilmeade said to put our present value system on people from 200 years ago showed the arrogance of this generation and that by that standard no one would be safe from being pulled down.