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A Fox News Host Just Compared 9/11 Memorials To Confederate Statues
7 months ago

Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade was interviewing U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about a memorial to Flight 93, whose passengers sacrificed their lives so the hijacked plane would not reach its Washington D.C. target. 

Kilmeade wondered if the memorial may be taken down 100 years from now, as many Confederate monuments have been removed recently. 

Kilmeade offered his comments on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He asked Zinke:

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?

Zinke, seemingly unfazed, responded:

Well I’m one that believes that, you know, we should learn from history. 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.

Kilmeade isn't the first to bring up this morally dubious line of questioning. 

Maine Governor Paul LePage recently made a similar 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.

Twitter was quick to explain the absurdity of the parallel:

Kilmeade's comparison of 9/11 victims to Confederate generals offended many:

Some are calling for Kilmeade's resignation:

Fox News has, as of now, declined to comment on Kilmeade's remarks:

Will this public backlash help Kilmeade understand the difference? Unlikely.