Why Trump Does Not Want Military Bases Renamed
The last two months have been riddled with massive riots throughout the country, where a staple has been defacing or tearing down Confederate statues. There has also been discussing about those military bases named after Confederate soldiers, being renamed.
It’s likely that much of the support for said renaming is well-intentioned, since why would we want to honor likely slaveholders and racists, and why would we want to pay homage, at best, to insurrectionists opposed to the United States?
But to many others who seek this remedy, the intention is to perpetuate the Left’s cancel culture mentality—to eradicate history and the “system” that defines the United States, and to start entirely anew with a utopia created in their image.
Thankfully, President Trump isn’t buying any of it.
In an interview with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday, Wallace asked, “[T]his week, you said that the Confederate flag and Black Lives Matter are both matters, issues of freedom of speech, but in the case of the Confederate flag, there are a lot of people who say ‘These people are traitors who split from this country, fought this country, in large part, to preserve slavery.’ Is the Confederate flag offensive?”
Trump answered, “[I]t depends on who you’re talking about, when you’re talking about. When people proudly have their Confederate flags, they’re not talking about racism. They love their flag. It represents the South. They like the South. People right now like the South. I say it’s freedom of many things, but it’s freedom of speech.”
After Wallace asked Trump if the Confederate flag offends him, Trump answered that, “[W]ell, I’m not offended either by Black Lives Matter. That’s freedom of speech,” the president explained. “The whole thing with cancel culture, we can’t cancel our whole history. We can’t forget that the North and the South fought. We have to remember that, otherwise we’ll end up fighting again. You can’t just cancel all.”
Wallace then asked Trump if he would veto the National Defense Authorization Act because Congress inserted a clause about renaming military bases currently named after Confederate soldiers.
Trump answered, “I think that Ft. Bragg, Ft. Robert E. Lee, all of these forts that have been named that way for a long time, decades and decades. Ft. Bragg is a big deal. We won two world wars. No one even knows General Bragg. We won two world wars. Go to that community where Ft. Bragg is, in a great state. I love that state. Go to the community and say, ‘How do you like the idea of renaming Ft. Bragg?’
“And then what are we going to name it? You gonna name it after the Rev. Al Sharpton? What’re you gonna name it, Chris? Tell me what you’re gonna name it. … We won two world wars, beautiful world wars, that were vicious and horrible and we won them out of Ft. Bragg. We won them out of all of these forts that they now wanna throw those names away. And no, I’m against that. And you know what? Most other people are.”
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) July 19, 2020
Trump is exactly correct. In order to learn from our history, we must preserve it. Otherwise, we may be apt to repeat it.