On the day of the 16th anniversary of the 9/11, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked the Ryan Zinke, the Interior Secretary of the 9/11 Memorial, about the future of the Memorial seeing how today many people are calling for the removal of memorials.
“Do you worry 100 years from now that someone’s going to try and take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked.
“I’m one that believes we should learn from history,” Zinke replied, “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.”
Just a day after his remarks, The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg had few words to say to Kilmeade.
“Victims, 9/11. Perpetrators, Confederacy. You understand the difference?” Goldberg stated, talking about 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.”
So Kilmeade decided to fire back, that afternoon on his radio show “The Brian Kilmeade Show” he said he couldn’t “wait to clarify something that they skewed.”
Saying that Bill de Blasio, the New York City Mayor, is assembling a commission to examine every monument in the city “to see if they’re worthy of staying up” as a response to the movements in several cities demanding the removal of monuments of Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and even George Washington. Kilmeade showed Goldberg’s remarks on The View to colleague Shannon.
“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 stated.
Bream firstly acknowledged that the slavery was just evil, but then he pointed out the problem that is created “when you go around erasing all history” given America’s “complex” past. “Nobody is all good and nobody is all bad,” Bream pointed out.
“To put your values on people that lived 200 years ago, I think it shows the arrogance of our generation,” Kilmeade replied.
“What about all those people who thought it was perfectly okay for women not to vote?” Kilmeade asked. “What about all those people… that thought it was perfectly okay for blacks to go to the back of the bus? Are they all horrible people? They’re brought up in a time where for some reason that was considered the norm. But as a society, we kept getting better. We always keep improving. But you can’t say that Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are bad because you don’t agree with everything that they did.”
“If that’s the case then every leader that’s ever been, is gonna have a statue come down,” Bream noted.
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