Former Obama DHS Secretary: ‘Confederate monuments are a threat to public safety’ Video

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Joining me now is Jeh Johnson. He served as president Obama’s secretary of homeland security for the final three years of his administration. Mr. Johnson, thank you for joining us. Thank you for inviting me, Martha. I would like your reaction to what Mr. Falwell just said. He talked about it being political correctness. It’s interesting. Sometimes people have more many common than one might realize. Like Mr. Falwell, I’m an attorney. Like his father, my great grandfather was a southern Baptist preacher. My great grandfather was born a slave? 1860. He was freed by Abraham linking when he was a child. He taught himself to read and write. He founded the Lee street Baptist church in 1890. Which is still there. It’s in that vein that I would like to respond here as former secretary of homeland security and as an African-American. Um — president trump said this week that Jefferson and Washington were slave owners. Where does it stop? Where does it end? I think most Americans understand, most African-Americans understand that many of the founders of our nation were slave owners. But most of us are not advocating that we take them off the currency or drop Washington’s name from the nation’s capital. I have first cousins. Cousins whose names are Washington. They’re not changing their names. They’re proud of their name. What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the confederate monuments are now modern-day becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism. For neo Nazis. For the kkk. This is most alarming. We fought a World War against naziism. The kkk rained terror on people for generations. People are alarmd. I salute those in cities and states taking down monuments for reasons of public safety and security. That’s not a matter of political correctness. It’s matter of public safety and homeland security and doing what’s…

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