CNN invited yet another radical left-wing advocate onto their network to speak about taking down George Washington and Thomas Jefferson statues since they were slave owners. Attorney Angela Rye who is a regular CNN contributor said that there should be no exceptions made for taking down statues of slave owners, including the founding fathers of America.
Rye is the CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a left-leaning public relations firm in Washington, D.C. She is a former general counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus. During one of her CNN appearances, she even refused to call Donald Trump president and instead said, “well, he’s your president.”
Rye added that America is now “close to repeating” slavery and the persecution of black people who happened in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Kate Bolduan, who is the host of CNN’s At This Hour, asked Rye if the issue was really just “about statues and monuments” or “something else.”
Rye and John Avlon, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast got into an argument about the issue on the show but Rye was persistent in her opinion on the statues.
“George Washington was a slave owner,” said Rye. “We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn’t protecting my freedoms. I wasn’t someone — my ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him,” said Rye, 37. “And so to me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee — they all need to come down.”
According to Rye, there should be no exception for keeping statues that represent any person in history, even if they helped found the nation she is a citizen of, as long as they owned slaves at one point.
“I’m not going to allow us to say it’s okay for Robert E. Lee and not a George Washington,” she said. “We need to call it what it is. I don’t say they don’t deserve to be taught about.”
Looks like we can say goodbye to two of the faces on Mount Rushmore soon if leftist activists like Rye are allowed to continue with this rhetoric.