House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared last week that “the American people know these names have to go,” referring to Confederate monuments, painting, and statues across the country and in the U.S. Capitol building.
She also said President Donald Trump “seems to be the only person left who doesn’t get it.”
While the president has come out against tearing down our nation’s history — regardless of how ugly some parts may have been — House Republicans just folded like a cheap table and are giving Democrats pretty much everything they want.
On Monday, the House Armed Services Committee voted 56-0 to pass the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2021.
Buried deep in this bill is an amendment that would rename all Army posts currently named for Confederate generals.
The House bill includes the demand for the Department of Defense to rename the bases and other military properties within one year.
The House bill includes a ban on Confederate flags on all defense properties.
The bill also includes an amendment to put limits on potential troop withdrawals from Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan, and Germany.
It’s not just the House, either.
Failed 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren introduced an amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee to make the Pentagon rename bases named for Confederate leaders — and Republicans passed it.
The Senate’s version of the budget includes a similar policy, although it gives the Pentagon three years to make the change.
The GOP surrendered on this, too, and passed it out of committee.
Missouri Republican Josh Hawley was one of the only Republicans on the committee who voted against the measure.
“I opposed this amendment, spoke against it, and voted no in the committee,” Hawley said. “Congress should not be mandating renaming of our bases and military installations.”
The Senate panel passing the amendment is in clear defiance of Trump, who said that he would “not even consider” renaming Army bases that are named after Confederate officers.
“These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,” Trump said.
“Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” he added.
But several Republicans have come out in support of Warren’s bill despite Trump’s comments.
California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said he was “not opposed” to renaming the bases named for Confederate figures.
“There are a number of people in the armed services who think it could be appropriate to change some. Some would say otherwise not to,” McCarthy said.
Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt said he “didn’t have any problem” with the idea “at all,” and added that “there have been lots of great soldiers since the Civil War” whose names could go on forts.
“Braxton Bragg was probably the worst commanding general in the Confederate Army,” he continued, singling out Fort Bragg in North Carolina. “Interesting general to name a fort after.”