On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence went on Fox & Friends for a long interview with host Ainsley Earhardt. Pence was largely his usual soporific self, but he notably spun the recent effort to remove monuments celebrating American racism as merely a passing modern fad.
“I’m someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments,” Pence argued.
“I hold the view that it’s important that we remember our past and build on the progress that we have made,” he explained, adding that each state is allowed to select its own pair of statues to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
“What we have to walk away from is the desire by some to erase parts of our history,” he continued, “just in the name of some contemporary political cause.”
Actually, fighting racist Confederate ideas and monuments has a long and well documented history in the U.S. There was even a big ol’ war on this very issue, some 150 years ago. In fact, Pence’s home state of Indiana was part of the Union that fought against the Confederacy. And, for the millionth, billionth time, you don’t need a statue glorifying defenders of slavery to properly remember history.
You’d think with all these monuments around, Pence would, uh, actually know this stuff, but he doesn’t.