CNN’s Brooke Baldwin faced off against Bill Starnes a member of the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans. And she was completely horrified by his defense of Confederate statues. But he crushed her. Starnes started by arguing that the Civil War wasn’t just about slavery.
“Now I know you’ve studied all this and I can’t sit here and check you on bills written in the 1850s off the top of my head-” started Baldwin. “Well I would go look at them before I did an interview on them,” interrupted Starnes. Wow. She was pissed.
“Well, with all due respect as a fellow Southerner, with all due respect, I did do my homework, and I just cited this quote, and a have a historian coming up, so please sir, don’t tell me to do homework. Secondly, let’s move that aside and let’s talk about the pain in this country,” she said. She went on to compare slavery to the Holocaust and say that Germans don’t have to attend schools called ‘Adolf Hitler’. “Do you acknowledge those feelings of those Americans?” she asked.
“Well facts are one thing, and feelings are another and the truth on this to pure fact is Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler have a lot more in common than Robert E. Lee and Adolf Hitler. Robert E. Lee did not kill civilians, Abraham Lincoln did” said Starnes. She was horrified.
“What?!” she screamed. “The Union army came into the South, the Union army came into the South and killed over 70,000 Southern civilians, men, women and children, black and white, slave and free, so yeah, they did that, you can study some history and find that out,” he explained. Check out the video below.
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) August 18, 2017