Donald Trump threatens to veto annual defense bill unless Congress abandons the Liberals demand to rename military bases that have Confederate names
- President Donald Trump is again threatening to veto legislation to fund the military over a bipartisan provision to remove Confederate names from bases
- NBC News reported Monday that Trump has told GOP leaders since Election Day that he plans to keep his campaign promise and fight to retain the names
- Trump leaned into culture war themes on the heels of George Floyd’s Memorial Day death, which reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement
- Black Lives Matter activists and their allies have pushed for the removal of Confederate statues and symbols since they represent a pro-slavery stance
- Trump, on the other hand, has tried to argue they represent ‘Great American Heritage’
- Some Republicans are buckling under pressure from the President, while 37 Senate Democrats signed a letter asking that the provision stay
President Donald Trump is again threatening to veto legislation to fund the military over a bipartisan provision that will remove the names of Confederates from bases.
NBC News reported Monday that Trump has told Republican lawmakers since the November 3 presidential election that he plans to keep his campaign promise to supporters and veto the National Defense Authorization Act over the provision.
‘He’s said that,’ a senior administration official told NBC News, confirming the conversations.
President Donald Trump is threatening to veto the annual defense spending bill, which would change the names of U.S. military bases that honor Confederate military leaders.
He’s going all-in on protecting “Southern heritage” from liberals and minorities. In all of these cases, Trump has positioned himself as the champion of protecting the TRUE American history under siege.
The Army bases in question are strewn throughout the American South and were named, in part, to help win support for the new installations in former Confederate territory. “It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division,” Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost said in 2015 when pushing back against a name change at Fort Rucker, an Alabama site named for Confederate officer Edmund Rucker
In June, Trump summed up his stance when he tweeted out his undying support for brave Confederate soldiers like Gen. Braxton Bragg and Gen. Henry Benning.