Terry McAuliffe: Tear Down ‘Divisive’ Confederate Memorials

FILE- In this May 19, 2017, file photo, workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans. Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail wrote to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, asking him and city leaders …
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called for United States citizens to tear down all of their Confederate memorials and monuments.

“They need to come down. They’re divisive symbols,” McAuliffe said during an interview on CBS This Morning, after host Charlie Rose asked if all Confederate memorials should be removed.

McAuliffe reminded the hosts about his executive decision to remove the Confederate flag from a specialized version of the Virginia license plate, but admitted that he couldn’t use his power to do the same thing with monuments.

He urged local governments as well as the state general assembly to move quickly to scrub the monuments out of the country.

“It’s time for these monuments to come down,” he said. “It’s time for us to move together after what happened in Charlottesville.”


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