Many on the left are furious following a recent pledge from the president on a particularly hot-button topic.
The Washington Examiner reports that on Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to veto an impending defense spending bill if it has anything in it that would require the government to rename military bases honoring Confederate generals — a change Democrats and even some Republicans have sought.
Trump pledges veto
The president issued his veto warning to lawmakers on Twitter.
I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Indeed, failed 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), has introduced an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would establish a mechanism by which the 10 military bases named for Confederate generals would be renamed.
The amendment is in response to the civil unrest and racial justice protests that have resulted from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in late May.
Not going to happen
Somewhat surprisingly, the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is led by Republicans, passed Warren’s amendment. Some military leaders, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, have also indicated that they are not necessarily opposed to the renaming of Confederate bases, as Politico reported.
But as Trump’s recent tweet made clear, the commander-in-chief is not willing to let that happen. This is a stance that the president took when talk of renaming the Confederate bases began last month, as The Washington Post noted, and it is a position that he reaffirmed on Tuesday.
Trump’s opinion on the renaming issue echoes his take on the preservation of historical monuments, which have also come under attack in recent weeks.
Standing up for history
Amid recent demonstrations across the country, protesters have vandalized and even destroyed historical monuments across the country depicting key figures from our nation’s past. Far too many officials acquiesced to the mob on this issue, and some even helped facilitate the removal of statuary from their cities.
President Trump, however, took swift action to thwart would-be vandals by issuing an executive order reinforcing the threat of “long prison terms” for such “lawless acts against our Great Country,” as the Washington Examiner reported separately.
It’s certainly nice to have a president who takes our national legacy seriously and is willing to defend it from those who wish to erase the past in furtherance of their own radical agenda.