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    Pete Buttigieg Now Taking Cues from Campus Leftists, Wants to Erase Thomas Jefferson

    Pete Buttigieg Now Taking Cues from Campus Leftists, Wants to Erase Thomas Jefferson

    “Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic”

    https://youtu.be/QCejczbSMVE

    For the last few years campus progressives, most notably at Hofstra University, have been trying to erase Thomas Jefferson from the public square. Now 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg has joined the effort.

    Anyone who’s familiar with the concept of Year Zero knows what this is really about. Still, it’s surprising to hear it coming from a presidential candidate.

    Lukas Mikelionis reports at FOX News:

    Buttigieg backs far-left idea of erasing Thomas Jefferson’s name: ‘It’s the right thing to do’

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Friday that things named after President Thomas Jefferson should be renamed because that’s the “right thing to do.”

    Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who became the rising star of the 2020 Democratic primary, echoed the far-left calls to rename buildings or events that carry the names of prominent U.S. figures on the grounds that they were owners of slaves.

    The mayor was asked during “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on radio whether the name of the annual Indiana Democratic dinner, named the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, should be renamed as both presidents were holders of slaves.

    “Yeah, we’re doing that in Indiana. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Buttigieg said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. He then offered a tepid defense of the Founding Father while agreeing that events shouldn’t be named after him.

    “Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic,” he said.”

    Listen to the audio below:

    People on Twitter have some thoughts about this. Via Twitchy:

    Remember when the left told us it was only about Confederate monuments?

    Good times.

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    Awing1 | May 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    “Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic,” he said.”

    That’s an interesting quote you chose, but not surprised. Your source is a Fox News story about a Washington Free Beacon story about the original interview. Which is the only way you could turn Buttigieg saying there is a lot to honor and celebrate about Jefferson to “Jefferson’s name should be removed”, something he never actually said.

    You posted the whole interview, but didn’t bother to listen to it, because you knew your regular readers wouldn’t either.

      This comment makes no sense at all. The actual Mayor Pete comments are embedded in full, as you yourself note, so what’s the problem?

      You seem to suggest that the post is misleading in some way and that our readers are incurious morons who gobble up whatever they’re fed. Neither is true.

      What is misleading in this post? Did Mayor Pete not say that Jefferson needs to be removed from the public square in terms of statues, dinners, and building names, etc.? Hint: he said exactly that. He said that the deciding factor for him is that people are “hurt” by seeing the name “Jefferson” or otherwise being reminded of his existence. Because slavery.

      It’s not hard, Awing, all you have to do is listen to his words (I say this because my guess is this is an enlightening example of projection: you are the one who did not listen to what Mayor Pete said, and you are the one pretending he said something other than he did . . . possibly because you saw a Facebook post or tweet that told you otherwise?)


         
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        Awing1 in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        I did listen to the entire interview, and he explicitly says he does not want to erase Thomas Jefferson and never endorses his name being removed from anything.

        That quote y’all took: “Over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor … Jefferson is more problematic”

        Do you think anyone would read that as saying removing Jefferson’s name from things is more problematic than whatever was in the ellipses?


     
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    Awing1 | May 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Did Mayor Pete not say that Jefferson needs to be removed from the public square in terms of statues, dinners, and building names, etc.? Hint: he said exactly that.

    Quote where he actually says that. You quoted the Fox News article at length, odd how you missed actually quoting him saying this thing you claim he said. Unfortunately, I can’t logically quote something he doesn’t say, so the onus is on you to show where he says it. I can quote Hugh Hewitt, the conservative interviewer, though:

    I noted to @BrianLehrer yesterday that too often bits and pieces of interviews and remarks are used to hype a headline and generate clicks. I think @PeteButtigieg would stop well short of tearing down the Jefferson Memorial.


     
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    TrickyRicky | May 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    “I think @PeteButtigieg would stop well short of tearing down the Jefferson Memorial.”

    Oh, OK, that’s comforting, never mind.


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