Appearing on CNN, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) argued that “we should listen to the argument” of taking down statues of America’s first President George Washington.
Duckworth is considered as a contender to be Biden’s running mate.
I know that you support changing the name of military bases named after Confederate leaders, but there are leaders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who were slave owners, and some are demanding their monuments come down too. In your view, where does it end? Should statues of George Washington come down?
I’ll say we should start a national dialogue on it at some point, but right now we’re in the middle of a global pandemic…
That may be true, but George Washington, I don’t think anybody would call him a traitor and there are moves by some to remove statues of him. Is that a good idea?
I think we should listen to everybody. I think we should listen to the argument there, but remember that the president at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty.