Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning — on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks — ahead of remarks he is set to deliver alongside Vice President Mike Pence at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.
Zinke told the morning show that the day is set to be a memorial for the 40 passengers of Flight 93, who stormed the cockpit of their hijacked plane the morning of September 11, 2001, and brought it crashing down into a field in Somerset County.
And Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade seized at the opportunity…to tie the 9/11 memorial to the highly politicized debate surrounding the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S.
“Do you worry 100 years from now that someone’s going to try and take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked.
After a pause, in which Zinke appeared to digest the absurdity of Kilmeade’s question, he said he believes that “we should learn from our country’s history.”
“I’m an advocate of learning from our monuments, understanding the period that they were made,” Zinke said. “We live in a great country. Monuments are not Republican, Democrat, Independent, monuments are a tribute to all of us.”
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