“Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic”
For the last few years campus progressives, most notably at Hofstra University, have been trying to erase Thomas Jefferson from the public square. Now 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg has joined the effort.
Anyone who’s familiar with the concept of Year Zero knows what this is really about. Still, it’s surprising to hear it coming from a presidential candidate.
Lukas Mikelionis reports at FOX News:
Buttigieg backs far-left idea of erasing Thomas Jefferson’s name: ‘It’s the right thing to do’
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Friday that things named after President Thomas Jefferson should be renamed because that’s the “right thing to do.”
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who became the rising star of the 2020 Democratic primary, echoed the far-left calls to rename buildings or events that carry the names of prominent U.S. figures on the grounds that they were owners of slaves.
The mayor was asked during “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on radio whether the name of the annual Indiana Democratic dinner, named the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, should be renamed as both presidents were holders of slaves.
“Yeah, we’re doing that in Indiana. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Buttigieg said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. He then offered a tepid defense of the Founding Father while agreeing that events shouldn’t be named after him.
“Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic,” he said.”
Listen to the audio below:
People on Twitter have some thoughts about this. Via Twitchy:
— New York Post (@nypost) May 18, 2019
I mean are these really the priorities of a serious presidential candidate?
— mikel (@mf_soul) May 18, 2019
I was actually thinking this might be a relatively tolerable Democrat. I was clearly mistaken.
— shielded (@catchinflak) May 18, 2019
Dude, if we follow this train of thought we have to change the name of the capital and a state
— Nilesh Kumaraswamy (@Bolobulge) May 18, 2019
I want his campaign erased.
— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis338) May 18, 2019
That’s about all we need to know about this one. And then there were 22 or whatever.
— Robert Godfrey (@RobertGodfrey9) May 18, 2019
Do we get rid of the nickel?
— j (@j46637332) May 18, 2019
They’re trying to erase history. Good or bad, we have history. This is what totalitarianism regimes do.
— Gary D (@gdedilectis) May 18, 2019
Remember when the left told us it was only about Confederate monuments?
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