John Kelly: Civil War started because of a ‘lack of ability to compromise’

October 31, 2017

White House chief of staff John Kelly weighed in on the Confederate statue debate Monday night, suggesting that the Civil War was “cause by a lack of an ability to compromise.

Kelly argued during the debut of Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle,” that “history is history” and the Confederate statues should stay.

“There are certain things in history that were good, and other things that were not so good,” Kelly said. “The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

Kelly’s assertion echoed Trump’s comments made after the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August, when the president said that people on “both sides” were to blame for the violence. The Charlottesville rally was spurred by a movement to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    Robert E Lee was a great soldier for both the US Army and the Confederate Army. He was offered Command of the entire US Army, replacing the aged General Scott, prior to the war but turned it down when his home state, Virginia, left the Union. He stated he would not raise his sword against his home state, and did not. While you can debate the legality of secession, Col Lee of the US Army legally and properly resigned his commission. He did not accept a commission in the CSA Army until AFTER Virginia left the Union. He never approved of slavery and spoke out against it often. He was known as a very moral man. Now that we must re-write history books and must remove all references to the CSA, all of these facts must be ignored and he must be vilified. His name must be removed from churches and statues. All in the name of making people “feel” good.

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