On the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Monday asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke if he worries that a memorial built to remember the Flight 93 passengers who took down a fourth plane on Sept. 11, 2001, over Shanksville, Pennsylvania might some day be taken down, comparing the 9/11 memorial to Confederate statues.
“Do you worry 100 years from now someone’s going to try to take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked Zinke.
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“Well I’m one that believes that, you know, we should learn from history,” Zinke replied. “And I think our monuments are part of our country’s history. We can learn from it.”
“Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone’s going to fall morally short. And I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA.”
The Hill added:
Zinke is visiting Shanksville with Vice President Pence to commemorate the Sept. 11 anniversary.
The question from Kilmeade comes as Confederate memorials and monuments are under renewed scrutiny since the violence at a white supremacist rally last month in Charlottesville, Va., that left one counterprotester dead and numerous others injured. The “Unite the Right” rally was meant to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) made a smiliar comparison, saying, “Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is.”
“And to me, it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that.”
However, the American Historical Association thinks differently: