Country music legend Charlie Daniels compared the tearing down of Confederate statues to what ISIS is doing around the world, telling reporters on Wednesday that dismantling historical icons is a very bad thing.
The country singer joined internet TV host Rita Cosby on Wednesday to discuss the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and the events that have transpired since then, starting off with reasons why the Confederate statues should be left alone by comparing those who want to tear them down to ISIS.
“That’s what ISIS is doing,” pointed out Daniels. “There were pieces of history over there [in the Middle East] they didn’t like, they’re taking ’em down. Where does it go to, Rita? I mean, where does it stop? Is it just gonna be Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson or are we headed into Jefferson and Washington, who were both slave owners? How deep in history are we gonna go? Is everybody that we disagree with … we are gonna have to wipe every semblance of them out? Is that what this is all about? Is this where it’s gonna end, is this where it’s gonna go?”
President Trump made similar remarks in a press conference earlier this week, which he has maintained in several tweets since then.
“I mean, come on! You don’t have to condone what happened in the Civil War,” Daniels stated, adding, “We all know what it was fought for – you certainly don’t have to condone it. But they are statues of people who are part of our history.”
Daniels advised those who are offended by the statues to simply ignore them. “If you don’t like it, don’t look at it,” he said. “There’s all kind of things, there’s all kinds of symbolisms and things in this country that I don’t like. But I’m not gonna go tear ’em down, I just don’t look at them.”
He pointed out, “They’re not standing there talking, these statues are not preaching, they’re not saying anything, they’re not shouting out some kind of crazy epithets or something, they’re just sitting there. So just turn around and don’t look at them.”
As to all the fuss about Trump’s remarks condemning those involved in Charlottesville, and the media making a big mess about it being “too little too late,” Daniels says people are expecting a politician even though that’s not who they elected.
“The guy is a human being, he’s not a politician,” Daniels said of President Trump. “I think that we tend to judge what he does by the reaction of politicians we’ve had … in office before because they’re so conscious and so sensitive to political correctness and trying to react in a way that the press will favor, and I mean, he just won’t do that. He’s his own man.”
Praising President Trump’s press conference in which he blamed “both sides” for the violence during the Charlottesville rally, Daniels said, “I thought it was well-stated. I thought he said what needed to be said and, you know, I just wish they’d give the guy a chance. Like I said, the guy’s not a politician, he is not a diplomat, he is who he is.”
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