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RFK Jr. Announces His Opposition to Taking Down Confederate Statues

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent presidential candidate, reportedly expressed his opposition to the removal of statues that commemorate Confederate combatants.

Kennedy participated in an episode of Tim Pool’s podcast “Timcast IRL” on Friday at the Libertarian National Convention.

He expressed that the 2021 removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., elicited a “visceral reaction.”

Kennedy argued that it is detrimental to the health and well-being of any culture to eliminate its history.

He expressed his belief that the United States should commemorate the positive attributes of all individuals.

“I have a visceral reaction against … the attacks on those statues. I mean, I grew up, you know, in Virginia. I know that … there were heroes in the Confederacy who didn’t have slaves and … I just have a visceral reaction against destroying history. I don’t like it. I think we should celebrate who we are.” the independent candidate said.

“If we want to find people who were completely virtuous on every issue throughout history, we would erase all of history,” he continued.

Additionally, Pool inquired about Kennedy’s perspectives on Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

He stated that he does not believe the United States should abolish Columbus Day in its entirety; however, he emphasized the importance of Americans acknowledging all individuals, particularly Indigenous peoples, who have endured the “greatest genocides” in history.

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