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Donald Trump Refuses To Rename Army Bases Named After Confederate Generals

The USA is currently witnessing historic protests against police brutality and racism. Triggered by the killing of George Floyd, these protests are taking place in all 50 states, something that hasn’t happened before. This massive wave of protests has jolted awake many people in power, forcing them to take action against wrongdoings. From the Minneapolis police department being dismantled to forms of restraints being outlawed, change is happening. It’s not just the present that is being changed, the US has started to question and hold accountable its history as well. People are calling out prominent historic figures that were racist, and are demanding that their racism be recognized. However, there is one roadblock – Donald Trump.

Let’s find out what he did.

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WHAT DID DONALD TRUMP DO?

Across the USA, there are 10 Army bases named after Confederate generals. These generals fought against the American army to defend the slaveholding south. Some of these bases are Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, and Fort Benning.

Donald Trump Refuses To Rename Army Bases Named After Confederate Generals

Many officials at the Pentagon, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, are reportedly open to discussing the possibility of renaming these bases.

However, President Donald Trump has expressed his firm opposition to this idea.

“It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a…”

“…history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom. The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations…”

“…Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”

Moreover, The White House has said the president would is even willing to refuse to sign the annual defense authorization bill if Congress forces him to rename the bases.

DOES HE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MILITARY?

Many soldiers, even those who have served at these bases, have spoken out against Trump.

David H. Petraeus, the retired Army commander in Iraq and Afghanistan who served at Fort Bragg three times, wrote in The Atlantic –

“The irony of training at bases named for those who took up arms against the United States, and for the right to enslave others, is inescapable to anyone paying attention.”

Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, retired officer and former commander at Fort Benning, said –

“Rather than move this nation further away from institutionalized racism, he believes we should cling to it and its heritage by keeping the names of racist traitors on the gates of our military bases.”

Donald Trump Refuses To Rename Army Bases Named After Confederate Generals

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Trump’s refusal comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to Congress and urged them to remove 11 statues of Confederate leaders and soldiers from the U.S. Capitol.

“While I believe it is imperative that we never forget our history lest we repeat it, I also believe that there is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country.”

“Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed.”

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