After being brutally attacked a couple of days ago because of the GolD Star controversy, CNN has blasted Gen. John Kelly again. This time, the reason was several comments he provided about the Civil War yesterday.
During an interview on Fox News with Laura Ingraham, the White House chief of staff told her that what led to the Civil War was a “lack of ability to compromise.” Additionally, he explained that removing Confederate monuments is nothing more than a dangerous sanitization of American history.
This was the debut episode of Ingraham’s new Fox show called The Ingraham Angle. During the interview, Kelly revealed his thoughts on Civil War-era issues after the conservative host asked him what he thought of the removal of plaques. Specifically, those that honor former President George Washington and Gen. Robert E. Lee at a Virginia church.
Kelly explained that society has made a mistake in taking what is today accepted as right and wrong and going back hundreds of years and say that what Christopher Columbus did was wrong. Furthermore, the White House chief of staff told Ingraham that 500 years later it’s inconceivable that anyone would take what society think now and apply it back then.
Additionally, he told her that Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man.” He noted that Lee made a decision to give up the United States to fight for his state. Kelly explained that back in those days it was always loyalty to state first, which is quite different from how it is today.
Moreover, he said that it was the lack of an ability to comprise what eventually led to the Civil War. He added that men and women of good faith on both sides of the war made their stand “where their conscience had to make their stand.”
Later, Kelly addressed monumental removal with the host and said there are things in history that were not so good and other things that were actually very good. He told Ingraham that human history is something quite evolving. In fact, he explained that 100 or 200 years from now people will criticize today´s society and will tear down statues of people that were revered today.
In short, because of what he said about the Civil War and Lee, the liberal news outlet brutally attacked him today. Unsurprisingly, the panel ripped into his comments this morning, calling them troubling. Their reason was that Kelly rationalized and ignored bigotry.
Contributor David Gregory said that Kelly’s comments were not a close call. Furthermore, he said that the United States mattered then and it matters now, and even dared to say that history is not history when it comes to the Civil War. Believe it or not, Gregory then assured that the Confederate monuments were put during Reconstruction only to threat free black people.
On the other hand, anchor Chris Cuomo argued that Kelly’s comments prove he’s not a man that is going to politically temper president Donald Trump. Cuomo then criticized Kelly by saying the Civil War was only about slavery instead of a “crisis of conscious.” Also, he attacked the White House Chief of Staff by claiming he was ignoring and rationalizing bigotry and distorting the history for worse.
On his part, political analyst John Avlon chimed in, accusing Kelly of using a language out of a mid-20th-century textbook. Avlon claimed that Kelly’s language sought to memorialize every single leader of the Civil War and deny that slavery was their main motivation.
Avlon said that the Civil War didn’t come only because decent people couldn’t compromise on both sides of the political spectrum of that era. Avlon concluded this came about because of slavery and pointed out that if that element gets ignored the real history gets ignored as well.
The only one who defended Kelly for his comments was conservative radio host and CNN commentator Ben Ferguson. He said that it was a fact how the Civil War was caused by a lack of compromise if you take on notice that three-quarters of a million people died back then. Ferguson pointed out there was a terrible lack of compromise on slavery, on representation, on taxes, and many other important matters.
Also, Ferguson said that it scares him that a USMC General who studied the Civil War for years in military schools is unable to discuss this topic without being accused of bigotry.
“It shouldn’t always be controversial to have a conversation about history. It scares me in this country now that we can’t even discuss the Civil War without someone screaming that this is racially insensitive or, ‘that’s not exactly what you should be talking about,” Ferguson said.