Confederate statues and 9/11 memorials are all the same and could be treated equally, a Fox News commentator said on the 16th anniversary of 9/11. In an interview with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade suggested that the 9/11 memorial for the passengers of United Flight 93 could meet the same fate as a statue of a Confederate general at the hands of future generations.
“Do you worry that 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked, referring recent removal of statues for Confederate military leaders like Robert E. Lee.
“I’m one that believes that we should learn from history and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history,” Zinke replied, echoing President Trump’s public sentiments. “We can learn from it. Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short.
“And I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA. So, I’m an advocate of, again, learning from our monuments, understanding the period they were made. But also, we live in a great country and monuments are not Republican, Democrat, independent. The monuments are a tribute to all of us.”
Zinke is scheduled to speak at the memorial for the passengers of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.