(CNS News) – At the White House on Monday, Politico’s Chief Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza asked whether President Donald Trump thinks it was a good thing that the Southern Confederacy lost the Civil War, a question that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reasonably shot down as “absolutely absurd.”
Lizza, who also is a senior political analyst for CNN, said to McEnany, “There’s a national conversation going on right now about the proper place of symbols of the Confederacy -- statues, memorials, names… and the president has repeatedly inserted himself into this debate.”
“I think a lot of people are trying to understand what his view of memorializing the Confederacy is and the proper place for the Confederate flag. So, a couple questions,” Lizza continued.
“One, does he believe, does President Trump believe, that it was a good thing the South lost the Civil War?” Lizza asked.
Press Secretary McEnany said, “Well, your first question is absolutely absurd. He’s proud of the United States of America.”
“With regard to our statues, Americans oppose tearing down our statues,” she said. “There’s a Harvard-Harris poll released just last week that shows 60% of respondents said the statues should remain and 71% said local governments should block groups from physically destroying statues.”
Trump “stands on the side of preserving our history,” she said.
Mark Penn, the polling director of Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll, said of the survey McEnany referenced, "Americans opposed tearing down statues, even Confederate ones, and they particularly oppose them being torn down by protesters rather than defended by the authorities.”
This follows an executive order signed by President Trump that promises to enforce laws that punish those who vandalize or otherwise damage statues and other monuments.