White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, is once again facing criticism for controversial remarks.
During a Monday night interview on Fox News, while defending the keeping of Confederate monuments, Kelly stated: “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 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 them make their stand.”
The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La), is accusing Kelly of trying to “whitewash” history and says he “needs a history lesson.”
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly needs a history lesson. The Civil War was not a disagreement between ‘men and women of good faith on both sides.’ It was a struggle for the soul of this country,” he said. “Thankfully, the right side won the war and slavery is no longer the law of the land.”
Historians have long upheld that the Civil War was fought in order to uphold slavery.
According to History-net: “The burning issue that led to the disruption of the union was the debate over the future of slavery. That dispute led to secession, and secession brought about a war…”
“The Congressional Black Caucus is not surprised by the Trump White House’s repeated attempts to whitewash history or by its continued inability to apologize when it is flat out wrong,” said Chairman Richmond.
Earlier this month, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly criticized Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) claiming in 2015 she boasted about securing the funding for an FBI building in Florida during its dedication.
Rep. Wilson said Kelly’s comments were a “lie,” and newly released video from the event supports her version of events.
We continue to call on Gen. Kelly to apologize for his lies about Congresswoman [Frederica] Wilson,” said Richmond. “He is starting to sound a lot like his boss.”