Politico reporter Ryan Lizza asked Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany if President Trump thought it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War and asked whether he will ban Confederate imagery from his events the way NASCAR has.
The Hill reports Ryan Lizza, chief Washington correspondent for Politico, asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday if President Trump believes “it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War,” prompting McEnany to call the question “absolutely absurd.”
“I think a lot of people are trying to understand what his view of memorializing the Confederacy is and the proper place of the Confederate flag,” Lizza, who also serves as a CNN senior political analyst, said at a White House press briefing. “Does President Trump believe that it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War?”
“Well, your first question is absolutely absurd. He’s proud of the United States of America,” McEnany responded.
Lizza also asked if Trump had any plans to ban the Confederate flag at his rallies, similar to NASCAR’s decision earlier this month following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd that sparked mass protests across the country.
“That would be a question for his campaign,” McEnany said before citing a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey that she said underscored the president’s position on “preserving our history.”
“There is a Harvard-Harris poll released just last week that shows 60 percent of respondents said the statues should remain and 71 percent said local governments should block groups from physically destroying the statues,” McEnany said. “So he stands on the side of preserving our history.”
The poll, released on Tuesday, found that 58 percent of respondents said the statues should remain, while 42 percent said they should be removed.