During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s recent praise for Robert E. Lee and his assertion that the Civil War was about a lack of compromise between the North and South.
“The other thing that General Kelly said yesterday was in reference to General Lee and he said that the Civil War was the result of the failure to compromise,” the New York Times’s Glenn Thrush said. “Was he suggesting that there would be compromise on the ablution of slavery?”
“Look, all of our leaders have flaws,” the press secretary responded. “That doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country and certainly can’t erase them from history. And General Kelly was simply making the point because history isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s not our history.”
Thrush would then go on to ask Sanders about Confederate statues, asking her if she felt that monuments to massacres and if they deserved to be honored.
“Look, I don’t think we should debate every moment of history,” she said. “I think those moments took place. There are moments that are going to be a lot less proud of than others. But we can’t erase the fact they happened.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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