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Tim Kaine: Virginia Could Replace Robert E. Lee Statue With Pocahontas

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… No he wasn’t talking about Elizabeth Warren.

On Monday Virginia Senator Tim Kaine took the stage on Morning Joe to talk about some weighty matters including the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and the appropriate future of those pesky Confederate monuments dotted throughout the south.

On that latter score, Kaine offered an interesting idea, namely replacing Virginia’s statue of Robert E. Lee in the U.S. capitol statuary — perhaps with Pocahontas.

In addition to the Native American icon, Kaine offered Doug Wilder, the state’s first African American governor.

“You know that every state gets two statues in statuary hall. And you get to pick two people to represent the entire scope of your state. Virginia has George Washington, that’s an obvious one, but since 1909, number two is Robert E. Lee.” he said. “I think a state with Pocahontas, a state with Doug Wilder, the grandson of a slave, Korean war decorated combat veteran, first elected African American governor. In 2017, is it really Robert E. Lee that we would say is the person we want to stand for who Virginia is. I’m not sure it is.”

Something tells me that, even though Kaine equivocated with his “I’m not sure it is” line — we’re pretty sure he won’t protest much when Lee is carted out of there one day.

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