As the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks winds down we can look back at things we heard and saw today and evaluate them with a less emotional eye. This morning we had our own president, Donald Trump, disrespecting the victims of 9/11 by talking freely and fidgeting worse than a child during the moment of silence.
If you were tuned in to Fox & Friends this morning, then you heard host Brian Kilmeade whining about how the 9/11 memorials would eventually fall victim to the same types of people complaining about and fighting for the removal of Confederate statues:
“Do you worry 100 years from now that someone’s going to try and take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?”
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was a guest on the show and even he had difficulty digesting the comment. Zinke was scheduled to appear with Vice President Mike Pence later in the day at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania to remember the incident and the brave passengers who gave their own lives to save others.
After a slight pause, Zinke thoughtfully responded:
“We should learn from our country’s history. I’m an advocate of learning from our monuments, understanding the period that they were made. We live in a great country. Monuments are not Republican, Democrat, Independent, monuments are a tribute to all of us.”
On a day set aside to remember the victims of a terrorist attack, Kilmeade tried to divert attention back to a tired fight about statues of Confederate heroes who were actually traitors fighting against the United States. The time would have been better spent talking about the real heroes that Zinke and Pence were going to be honoring. The passengers of Flight 93 who stormed the cock pit of the plane and crashed it in a field in Somerset County, PA to save the lives of others.
Watch the video of Zinke’s appearance here:
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