The Republican-lead Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to rename military installations named after Confederate generals.
A voice vote passed Warren’s amendment in a closed-door meeting on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The proposal gives the Armed Forces three years to purge the names of Confederate leaders from its assets.
The Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers reports:
The vote comes as President Donald Trump stated Wednesday that his administration “will not even consider” renaming 10 American military bases named after Confederate generals.
“It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom,” Trump tweeted.
“The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” Trump continued. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!”
Trump’s comments were a response to Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying they were willing to rename bases named after Confederate leaders.
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) announced after the initial reporting that he opposed Warren’s amendment.
I opposed this amendment, spoke against it, and voted no in the committee. Congress should not be mandating renaming of our bases and military installations https://t.co/uOYvCT8U2O
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 11, 2020
The Confederate States of America warred against the United States during the Civil War, making them traitors. Is that history enough to warrant renaming hallowed military installations, or is the renaming debate an example of political correctness run amok? Should this even be an issue? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!