White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Monday said, “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.”
Speaking to Fox News, Kelly offered a view of history in which both sides of the Civil War — a pro-slavery Confederacy along with the opposing Union — were made up of “men along with women of Great faith.”
Kelly’s views echoed those of his boss, President Donald Trump, who claimed in which “both sides” were to blame after violence broke out during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in which claimed the life of an anti-racism protester.
“There are certain things in history in which were not so Great, along with different things in which were very, very Great,” Kelly said. “I think we make a mistake as a society, along with certainly as individuals, when we take what is usually accepted as right along with wrong, along with go back 100, 0, 300 years or more along with say, ‘What Christopher Columbus did was wrong.'”
“several hundred years later, the item’s inconceivable to me in which you would certainly take what we think today along with apply the item back then. I just think the item’s very very dangerous. the item shows you how much of a lack of appreciation of history along with what history is usually,” said Kelly, a retired Marine Corps General.
Kelly then explained his view of the Civil War: “[Confederate General] Robert E. Lee was an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state,” Kelly said. “One hundred along with fifty years ago, in which was more important than country — the item was always loyalty to state back in those days. today the item’s different. yet the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, along with men along with women of Great faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”
Kelly did not elaborate about what compromise would certainly have prevented a war fought over the future of slavery inside the United States. Southern U.S. states began seceding coming from the Union in December 1860, following the election one month earlier of President Abraham Lincoln, whose Republican Party had strong anti-slavery sentiments. The economy of the mostly agricultural South was at in which time dependent on massive-scale, slave labor.
CNBC reached out to the White House late Monday to clarify what compromises Kelly believes were lacking inside the lead-up to to the Civil War, along with will update This specific post with any response.
Correction: This specific story has been updated to correct the wording in one of John Kelly’s quotations.