Politician Who Supports ‘Confederate Memorial Day' Argues KKK Wasn't Racist
I didn't think it was possible for anyone to be more insensitive than Donald Trump, but one Georgia lawmaker is getting dangerously close.
On Wednesday, Georgia state representative Tommy Benton proposed a bill to ensure the preservation of Confederate monuments at Georgia's Stone Mountain.
House Resolution 1179 would require the state to keep the park around the mountain as a “memorial for the Confederacy,” and ensure the historical monuments are “preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.”
Benton, a Republican, argues the Civil War was not fought over slavery. Most troubling, however, is Benton's assertion the Klu Klux Klan was “not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order.”
Sadly, this isn't the first time Benton has voiced his extreme views. The Georgia state representative recently proposed a bill that would make Confederate Memorial Day a national public holiday and referred to Senate Bill 294, which would prohibit the state from formally recognizing Confederate holidays, as “cultural terrorism.”
This guy almost makes Trump look OK.
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