FDR on Robert E. Lee

From scrapbook of press cuttings collected by Hagerstown and Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Digitized by Western Maryland Public Libraries, June 2006.

Here’s the FDR Quote About Robert E. Lee That Libs Want to Erase.

Robert E. Lee has long been a target of the left’s vitriol, but it’s been turned up to 10 recently with statues of the Confederate general being removed across the nation. Anyone who speaks out against these removals is instantly branded as a racist.

One of the statues that may be removed is in Dallas. According to WFAA-TV, several activists are trying to get the city to remove it and all other Confederate statues, arguing they are “a sign of enduring legacy of white supremacy in the South and across America.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on the other hand, is considered an enduring hero of the left, particularly for the New Deal. Few would say he was an avatar of white supremacy. Yet, he attended the dedication of the Lee statue in Dallas back in 1936 — and what he said about the general then is something that liberals everywhere would like to erase.

“I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee,” FDR said at the dedication ceremony, according to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“All over the United States, we recognize him as a great leader of men, as a great general. But, also, all over the United States I believe that we recognize him as something much more important than that. We recognize Robert E. Lee as one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen.”

As we pointed out on Tuesday, Lee was a man who thought slavery was a great evil and helped bind the wounds of the nation after the Civil War. He would have had no truck with the white supremacist thugs who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. He was, at least in FDR’s eyes, a great Christian and a great man. If he had views that were objectionable, it is worth pointing out those were the views of the age. We cannot erase that.

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