Yesterday, at the direction of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the City of New Orleans began the process of removing four statues commemorating the Confederacy’s fight to protect a state’s right to freely enslave human beings of African decent. (That is the stated purpose, but one statue included the inscription, “the national election of 1876 recognized white supremacy in the south and gave us our state.“)
Among the many who were enraged by the removal is Virginia gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart who served as President Trump’s campaign chair for the state. He recently tweeted his outrage and Twitter is has been throwing it back in his face ever since
It wasn’t difficult for people to come up with things considerably worse than Stewart’s worst-case scenario, and yet, they still found a way to make it entertaining and educational. Stewart would do well to take the responses to heart.
How about slavery? Or fighting a war to defend slavery? Is that worse? Maybe?
— Granny Weatherwax’s Smirking Revenge (@dadamstowel) April 25, 2017
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Things off the top of my head that's worse
— STIR (@Fried_Kimchi) April 25, 2017
Explosive diarrhea that lasts 3 years is worse
— Jeff Greenwell (@LastAngryFan) April 25, 2017
Lots of things are worse. Being a human version of Foghorn Leghorn, for instance.
— Michael A. Brodeur (@MBrodeur) April 25, 2017
You can't be anti-participation trophies and pro Confederate statues. They are the world's biggest participation trophies.
— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) April 24, 2017
Slavery. Slavery is worse. And fighting for slavery. And memorialising the fight for slavery with monuments to slavers. All worse.
— kevin russell (@kevinrns) April 25, 2017
Nothing is worse than a politician playing into the divisive, Southern/Northern rhetoric. The civil war was a very long time ago. #moveon
— Susan Russ (@Juniper40) April 25, 2017
— Chris Swartout (@chrisswartout) April 25, 2017
Your monuments DO matter. As symbols of treason and bigotry. That is why they MUST come down. pic.twitter.com/HCt2xWHG8p
— Uncle Mike – Wartime Consigliere (@MichaelPacholek) April 25, 2017
It's hard being a snowflake isn't it.
— Disco Spock (@llapamy) April 25, 2017
Stewart, for his part, remained obstinate in maintaining his ignorance.
And Twitter continued to call him out for it. Let’s hope it never stops.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 25, 2017
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Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com