A Republican candidate aiming to become his party’s gubernatorial nominee in Virginia lashed out and lost his cool after discovering the New Orleans' Battle of Liberty Place monument had been removed.
Corey Stewart, a former chairman of President Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign, went as far as claiming victory for ISIS because of the monument’s removal.
According to the Times-Picayunen, the Liberty Monument marks a battle that occurred several years after the Civil War’s end where white paramilitaries battled a mixed-race police force, causing deaths on both sides. A plaque removed from the monument in 1989 once hailed “white supremacy in the South.”
In 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted 6-1 to remove four of the city's Confederate monuments.
Many people viewed the monuments as a symbol of racism and white supremacy. They find the artifacts offensive as they honor the region's slave-owning past.
Perhaps there are better ways of remembering the Civil War than preserving monuments that are the literal definition of white supremacy in a city whose population majority is people of color.
If anything, it is insensitive.
Workers arrived at the location around 1:25 a.m. to remove the Liberty Monument. They started early under police protection, wearing jackets and helmets to avoid disruptions from supporters who wanted the monuments to stay. Some supporters even made death threats, according to the officials.
As for Stewart, he made a baseless comparison, stating the people who removed the confederate memorial belong to the terrorist group ISIS.
It appears ISIS has won. They are tearing down historical monuments in New Orleans now too. It must end. Despicable!https://t.co/hrO0cLozos— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) April 24, 2017
Stewart has a history of making inflammatory comments. He is running his campaign for governor by appealing to angry conservatives who still believe in treason against the union.
In February, the Trump lover drew ire of the public after calling former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie a “c***servative,” which is a favorite insult of white nationalists. The white supremacist also criticized some Republicans, calling them “nervous Nellies” after they apparently abandoned him for defending the Confederacy.
Stewart was fired by the Trump campaign last year, after he organized a pro-Trump demonstration outside the RNC slamming the then-chief Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan.
People on social media had different reactions for the monument’s removal.
That monument being taken down in New Orleans? This is what it says on it. Context for when you see "traditionalists" freaking. pic.twitter.com/P7snb2Aae7— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) April 24, 2017
Landrieu on Liberty Place monument: The monument was put up to celebrate the murder of police officers by white supremacists.— WWL-TV (@WWLTV) April 24, 2017
Liberty Place monument in New Orleans is being taken down. It is part of our history, why do we have to forget it? pic.twitter.com/45oqFAfO0k— John Davis (@TheFoundingSon) April 24, 2017
RE LRTs: Richmond's Monument Ave Confederate memorials should be removed and replaced with memorials to the enslaved & Union soldiers.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) April 24, 2017
For every Confederate monument we should commission 5 statues of the black people that wanted said person gone— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) April 24, 2017