President Donald Trump continues to reveal his true character or – perhaps more accurately – his complete lack thereof. If his decision to surround himself with white nationalists and cryptofascists wasn’t a clear enough indicator of his beliefs, his disgusting defense of neo-nazis in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, in which a white supremacist murdered an innocent woman, reinforced the ugly truth.
Now, it appears Trump and his coterie have entered into racist freefall. Katrina Pierson, the former spokesperson for the Trump campaign, appeared on Fox & Friends and said that slavery was good.
The stunning pronouncement was made as Pierson struggled to defend Confederate statutes, which have been coming down all across the country as patriotic Americans fight back against a rising wave of white supremacist rhetoric. The statues celebrate murderous traitors who fought and killed to defend slavery, and they have no place in a modern, free America.
Pierson was asked if she thought Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) should join with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to remove Confederate monuments from the Capitol.
“Absolutely not, Ainsley. Look, how long has Nancy Pelosi been in Washington, D.C.?” said Pierson. “Those monuments have been there for a very long time and suddenly Nancy Pelosi wants to actually help these anarchists and these violent protesters tear down pieces of America, American culture, and American history. The only place that that’s being done right now is by ISIS and I really don’t think that you should have leaders actually encouraging people to do these types of things, because Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with.”
Dr. Wendy Osefo, another guest on the program, disagreed, pointing out that the statues went up after the Southern states had betrayed their country, and hundreds of thousands of people died to subdue them and end the utterly evil institution of slavery. The statues are symbols of hatred, not neutral historical reminders. She said they don’t deserve a place on state grounds.
“It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country,” Pierson said.
“Slavery is good history?” Osefo asked.
“Considering where we are today, where we are today. Absolutely,” Pierson said. She went on to ramble that slavery and the Civil War helped get America to where it is today. Were it not for the war, children wouldn’t know how “special” and “wonderful” America is.
“How special slavery is? You know how many people died?” a stunned Osefo said.
Pierson’s decision to defend slavery as “good” is just the latest racist dog whistle from the Trump regime.
His bigoted supporters will hear these comments and interpret it as the President of the United States tacitly supporting the enslavement and murder of black Americans. Pierson should be denounced for her unbelievable statements by both sides.
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) August 21, 2017
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.