Even though she’s not making news nearly as often as she did during last year’s campaign, Katrina Pierson is still out there making herself look like a complete idiot by saying incredibly ridiculous things on a regular basis.
For example, during an interview Monday on Fox & Friends, Pierson claimed that removing Confederate statues was wrong because it was like trying to erase a “good” part of our country’s history.
“It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country,” Pierson said.
“Slavery is good history?” Wendy Osefo, a fellow guest on Fox & Friends asked.
“Considering where we are today, absolutely,” Pierson replied. “Think about this for a second; Where would we be today if not for that Civil War?”
“Where would we be without slavery?” Osefo replied, stunned. “Are you serious? Do you hear what you’re saying?”
“How would our children even know how special and how wonderful this country is that we can even be having this discussion today?” Pierson asked.
“How special slavery is?” Osefo responded. “You know how many people died?”
I’ve heard people say a lot of incredibly stupid things in my life and “bad history is still good history” ranks among one of the most asinine comments I’ve ever heard anyone make.
Can we learn from history? Absolutely.
Nobody is saying that facts about the Confederacy (keyword being “facts,” not some right-wing altered version of the Civil War that says slavery wasn’t a main issue) shouldn’t be featured in museums or taught in our history classes. It’s indisputable that the Civil War and slavery are a part of American history. But that’s entirely different than having statues and monuments spread all over the country honoring people who were part of a treasonous movement that killed hundreds of thousands of American soldiers after betraying this country in a war that was mostly about slavery.
To be honest, I don’t even think Pierson knew what she was saying. All she knew was that she needed to take the side that these statues and monuments should continue to be displayed publicly, then threw together some word salad of an excuse for it by trying to argue that “bad history is still good history,” seemingly implying that a big part of learning what makes this country great is understanding that we fought to end slavery.
That’s true, but the argument makes absolutely no sense based upon the stance she’s taken.
Yes, the North winning the Civil War, ending slavery in the United States, is most definitely a good thing. However, Pierson is trying to use that argument to defend keeping statues and monuments of men who fought for the wrong side. Individuals who, had they gotten their way, would have not only kept slavery legal — but expanded it.
I think I understand what she was trying to get at, but her overall argument rings hollow based on her stance in this debate. She’s trying to claim that the historical significance of the United States ending slavery is a “good part of history,” which is absolutely true. Except she’s trying to use that argument to support her belief that we should keep monuments and statues that honor people who were on the wrong side of that “good part of history.”
This is what happens when you have someone who’s as clueless as Katrina Pierson clearly is trying to defend the indefensible.
Watch the exchange below via Fox News: