Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday anxious that liberals in the future would try to tear down memorials to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, much as they've been targeting memorials to Confederate generals who fought to secede from the United States for the right to keep black people enslaved.
Memorials and monuments, whether confederate or not, should be left to educate Americans on the history of their country, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a Fox News interview Monday. "Like they're trying to remake our memorials today?"
Kilmeade couldn't resist piping in with his question that equated the recognition of those who sacrificed their lives to prevent further devastation on September 11 with the push by cities such as Baltimore, Maryland, and many others to remove statues glorifying those who defended the slave-owning Confederacy.
Following the bloody protests, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia said the city's towering Confederate monuments shouldn't be taken down, but instead be supplemented with historical context about why they were built. In other instances, protesters tore them down. Last month, Trump called the removal of Confederate monuments "sad" and "so foolish".
And Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade seized at the opportunity...to tie the 9/11 memorial to the highly politicized debate surrounding the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S.
He didn't have a direct answer, but he did say we should "learn" from history. We can learn from history. "Since we don't put of statues of Jesus, everyone's going fall morally short".
"I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA", he later added.
Many Confederate monuments and symbols, which honor the figures of America's Civil War who fought to maintain slavery, were erected in the first half of the 20th century in response to laws meant to combat racial inequality.