The Senate Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to erase history, but President Trump says he will veto.
The amendment would require the Defense Department to change the names of military bases if named after Confederate leaders.
President Trump came out strong against this agenda on Wednesday, saying that the Trump Administration “will not even consider” the demand of renaming 10 American military bases that were named after Confederate generals.
President Trump Fights Back
“It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,” Trump tweeted.
It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2020
“The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”
The president continued to make it clear that American history would not be erased despite how badly many on the left want to do so.
“Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!” Trump continued in a follow-up tweet.
The Plan to Strip Away History
The committee’s summary of NDAA was issued on Thursday and showed the details of stripping away historical aspects this country was built on.
It requires the Defense Department to rename military posts and assets that are named in memorial of Confederate officers or that honor the confederacy, including ship, aircraft streets, and other equipment.
“The president will not be signing legislation that renames America’s forts. Fort Bragg, for example, it’s one of the largest military installations. It’s home to tens of thousands of brave American soldiers, and when you think of Fort Bragg, we think of the brave soldiers that deployed from there,” White House Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany said.
Top Democrats Lead the Charge
The amendment, which is to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was spearheaded by known Trump loather, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren.
She posted a series of tweets saying she filed the amendment “to end the tribute to white supremacy.”
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I filed an amendment to the annual defense bill last week to rename all bases named for Confederate generals. It's long past time to end the tribute to white supremacy on our military installations. https://t.co/eP6ktRWK8C
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 9, 2020
Not letting the moment pass, the president shot back at the senator.
“Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth’ Pocahontas’ Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars. Hopefully, our great Republican Senators won’t fall for this!” Trump tweeted in response.
Seriously failed presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, just introduced an Amendment on the renaming of many of our legendary Military Bases from which we trained to WIN two World Wars. Hopefully our great Republican Senators won’t fall for this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
It appears that a fight will not just be with President Trump but also between the Republican-majority Senate and the Senate Armed Services panel will be in the future.
However, there have been mixed reactions from Republicans on the panel. Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he was “not opposed” to having the bases renamed, CBS News reported.
Several others on the right echoed similar sentiments.
People on the left have demanded that statues of Confederate leaders be taken down immediately in the wake of the death of George Floyd – a man who died while in police custody last month.
As contention continues to rise, President Trump is not giving in to the mob and their demand to erase American history.