The copious recent examples of favorable feedback by President Trump and those in the administration about figures and typical monuments supporting the Confederacy have left several Americans wondering how the Trump management feelsÂ about slavery exactly.
But things got testy when Apr Ryan, a White House media reporter forÂ American Urban Radio Networks, requested White House press secretary Dorothy Huckabee Sanders to comment on captivity at Wednesday’s news briefing.
RYAN: The question is, does this management believe, does this president think, slavery was wrong? And before you decide to answer, Mary Frances Berry, the particular historian, said in 1860, there is a compromise. The compromise has been to have Southern states keep captivity. But the Confederacy fired on Fortification Sumter. That caused the Municipal War. And because of the Civil Battle, what happened? The North won, plus thereâs no slavery.
SANDERS: I think it is disgusting and silly to suggest that anyone inside of this particular building would support slavery.
It is clear that White Home chief of staffÂ hasÂ a favorable see of Robert E. Lee, Â theÂ Confederate general whoÂ led thousands into fight against the United States to fight for the particular continued enslavement of black individuals.
âI would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,â John Kelly recentlyÂ toldÂ Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. âHe was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country.â
But many Americans â as the ongoing debates over Confederate memorials suggests â have a less favorable view of Lee, who even after losing the Civil War spoke out against racial equality.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, creator of the Emmy-award winning âThe Civil War,â said that the death toll that came as a result of Lee’s actions was historic.
Ken Burns told me Robert E Lee killed more Americans than Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden combined.
â Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 1, 2017
Even Lee’s indirect descendant, the Rev. Rob Lee, a good anti-racism activist, rejected Kelly’s see of his relative.
âIt is clear to me that General Kelly sees honor in a man who fought for continued enslavement of people and chattel slavery,â Lee told The Fix. âThat is, after all, what statesâ rights was for. There is no honor in that to me.â
Trump has repeatedly spoken associated with his support for the memorials partying the men who fought aid slavery.
Ed Gillespie will turn the really poor Virginia economy #’s around, plus fast. Strong on crime, he may even save our great statues/heritage!
â? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017
Following Kelly’s comments, Sanders said, âGeneral Kelly was simply making the point that just because history isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s not our history.â
What is not clear to some is whether this particular administration understands â? or cares about you â? that many Americans have sights of the Civil War that include the fact that the defense of Confederate generals is support for slavery.
Hmmm. What exactly, I actually wonder, would be the right “compromise” among slavery and freedom for humans? https://t.co/ZWwpwCSGzx
â? Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) October 31, 2017
Over recent months, multiple states fromÂ New YorkÂ toÂ VirginiaÂ toÂ FloridaÂ have conducted statewide polls gauging voters’ view on what Lee and the Confederate memorials represent. Perhaps unsurprisingly, outcomes often vary based on race plus political ideology.
Trump guaranteed to unite a very divided nation, following an election where the state’s continued racialÂ strife was revealed to be considered a major issue for voters. Some wantÂ theÂ president and his top officialsÂ to speak with clearness about a period of American history soÂ horrificÂ thatÂ many consider it this nation’s original bad thing.
To some Americans, difficult absurd that some would believe that the Trump White House might support slavery. To them, it’s silly that the president has left so many ready where they need to wonder.