John Kelly

Many fine people, on both sides

He [Robert E. Lee] was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state which in 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand.

– White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, October 30, 2017, arguing that people “of good faith on both sides” couldn’t compromise over the issue of slavery, leading to the Civil War

Jason C. Spencer

Friendly warning

Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant. The truth. Not a warning… I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive. People in South Georgia are people of action, not drama… [You will] go missing in the Okefenokee. Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.

– Georgia State Representative Jason C. Spencer, August, 2017, threatening violence to people who remove Conederate monuments in his neck of the woods

Mike Pence

Anti-racism as some ship passing in the night

I’m someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments. What we ought to do is remember our history. I’m someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments,” Pence continued. “What we ought to do is remember our history.

(15 seconds later)

What we have to walk away from is a desire by some to erase parts of our history just in the name of some contemporary political cause.

– Republican Vice President Mike Pence, August 22,
, contradicting himself and referring to anti-racism as “some contemporary political cause”

Random Hate

Lincoln is LITERALLY Hitler

Well, facts are one thing, and feelings are another, and the truth on this, the pure fact is, Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler have a lot more in common than Robert E. Lee and Adolf Hitler. Robert E. Lee did not kill civilians. Abraham Lincoln did.

– Sons of Confederate Veteran Member Bill Starnes, August 18, 2017, comparing Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler

Fox News

Confederates and Queers

But you know what’s really interesting and really incredible irony here is the same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up. These two flags represent the exact same thing. That certain people groups are not welcome here.

– Random Fox News moron, August 15, 2017

Donald J. Trump

Not so bad nazis

You also had some very fine people on both sides. You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. The press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers.

– President Donald J. Trump, August 15, 2017, referring to the Charlotte White Supremacist riot in which an anti-Nazi protester was murdered

Donald J. Trump

The real defense

This week it’s Robert E. Lee, and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him. Good. Are we going to take down his statue. He was a major slave owner. You are changing history and culture.

– President Donald J. Trump, August 15, 2017, making defending white supremacist monuments one of the most important issues of his presidency

Karl Oliver

Lynch ‘Em

The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, “leadership” of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.

– Mississippi Representative Karl Oliver, May 21, 2017, comparing anti-Confederates to Nazis and advocating their murder