President Donald Trump defended the Confederate flag and said it’s a proud symbol of South and not about racism.
Speaking with Fox News on Sunday, Trump’s comments came when asked by Chris Wallace if the flag was considered a symbol of slavery or was offensive.
It depends on who you’re talking about when you’re talking about, Trump told Fox News.
When people proudly had their Confederate flags they’re not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South, He said.
They like the South. People right now like the South. I say it’s freedom of many things, but it’s freedom of speech.
Wallace then asked Trump if he was personally offended by the Confederate flag.
Trump responded: Well I’m not offended either by “Black Lives Matter”. That’s freedom of speech.
We can’t cancel our whole history. We can’t forget that the North and South fought, Trump said.
We have to remember that otherwise we’ll just end up fighting again.
Trump’s comments came just days after he said people love the Confederate flag and that people who support it are not thinking about slavery.
All I say is freedom of speech, he said to CBS News of people displaying it.
He added: Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me its freedom of speech.
Like it, don’t like it, it’s freedom of speech.
When asked if he understood that it is a painful reminder of slavery for many, Trump responded that People love it.
And I know people that like the Confederate flag and they’re not thinking about slavery, he added.
The president previously ripped Nascar for banning Confederate flags.
Trump’s comments came as ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrators have taken to overthrowing statues as they demand an end to systemic racism following the death of ‘George Floyd’.
Earlier this month, Trump slammed what he claimed was a left-wing cultural revolution to wipe out our history in regards to people trying to tear down statues of Confederate and other US historical figures.
Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children, Trump claimed when speaking to a crowd at Mt. Rushmore.
Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.
On Friday, the Pentagon quietly revealed a new policy that banned the Confederate flag from being displayed on military property.