In 2017, a nationwide debate ensued whether to pull down statues of Confederate soldiers and Confederate flags. This debate continues to this day, the latest example being Virginia Democrat governor Ralph Northam wanting to take down the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond.
It’s an understandable position, considering that having statues of slavery supporters is seen by many as support of slavery today. But on Wednesday, President Trump took the opposite position, saying that the bases are “hallowed grounds” that helped train soldiers to win two world wars, and that the administration “will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”
According to Fox News, “[a]t least 10 Army installations are named after Confederate military commanders, including Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Previous calls to rename them have been dismissed on the grounds that doing so would go against tradition.”
As such, Trump tweeted today:
How right he is.