In a desperate attempt to cover for Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments last night defending Robert E. Lee, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to invoke the “flaws” of “all of our leaders” to justify Kelly’s remarks on Lee. In doing so, she rattled off past American presidents, including “JFK” and “Kennedy” separately.
Sanders on Robert E Lee: "All of our leaders have flaws, that doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 31, 2017
The White House Press Secretary – speaking on behalf of the President of the United States of America – should know that JFK and Kennedy are indeed the same man. Perhaps if this administration spent as much time defending civil rights heroes as it did those who attempted to decimate those rights, she wouldn’t have made such a glaring mistake.
Furthermore, there is no comparison between John F. Kennedy and Robert E. Lee. JFK took the United States out of recession, established the Peace Corps, negotiated the U.S. out of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, and was a champion of civil rights.
Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederacy, was a glorified traitor to the United States, nearly tearing the country apart in an effort to maintain the institution of slavery. Furthermore, while Kelly claimed yesterday that the “lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War, he left out the fact that the difference on which both sides were unwilling to compromise was whether states should be admitted into the Union as free states or slave states.
While Sanders’ stunning lack of knowledge of our history is indeed disappointing, it is par for the course in an administration that has shown little to no regard for what this nation truly stands for.