Rob Reiner: Trump Gettysburg Speech Would Be Tribute to ‘White Supremacy’

Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 4/27/19 Rob Reiner at 'This Is Spinal Tap' 35th Anniversary at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
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Director and actor Rob Reiner said Monday that if President Donald Trump were to deliver a speech accepting his party’s nomination at the historic Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it would be a tribute to “White Supremacy.”

(The “law” in question would be the Hatch Act, which critics say would prevent the president from giving a purely political speech at the White House).

Lincoln at Gettysburg (Library of Commons / Wikimedia Commons)

Reiner’s comment was echoed by CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond, who suggested that Trump might choose Gettysburg “because this is a president who has positioned himself as a defender of Confederate symbols and monuments to Confederate generals.”

(Trump has said that he has no particular affinity for Confederate symbols, monuments, or generals, but that “we can’t cancel our whole history,” and that he supports freedom of speech).

Gettysburg is not a Confederate symbol. It was the most important Union victory of the Civil War, turning back an invasion by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It marked a “turning point” in the fight to end the war and abolish slavery.

Several moths later, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the “Gettysburg Address,” one of the most famous speeches in the history of the English language.

It concludes with one of the most memorable odes to democracy ever composed: “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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