“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth believes that the United States is in the middle of a culture war and expressed his strong support for President Donald Trump, whom he said he defends “love for America.”
Hegseth referred to the violent protesters who knocked down statues and destroyed buildings amid protests over the death in police custody of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, according to Fox News on June 24 on “Outnumbered.”
C0-host Melissa Francis asked Hegseth, “Why do you tear down as statue in Wisconsin of a Union leader?” alluding to Union Army Col. Hans Christian Heg.
“Because it’s not about the Civil War,” Hegseth responded, adding, “It’s about that flag that was burned outside the White House, it’s about a burning hatred for America,” reiterating that “We’re in a cultural civil war,” which would also signal a rift in society, in his opinion.
For Hegseth, the vandals are “Marxists affiliated with antifa and the BLM, [and] the Democratic Party [is] completely permissive [of vandalism].”
Hegseth also questions whether the revisionism of the monument destroyers will lead to the renaming of everything, or the tearing down of everything, given that, for example, Yale University was named after a slave trader and New York City was named after the Duke of York, who was a slave trader.
U.S. President Donald Trump presented his assessment of the situation to young Americans in a White House address released on June 23.
“We are fighting an oppressive leftist ideology driven by hatred that seeks to purge all dissent,” noting that this radical left “demands the absolute conformity of every professor, researcher, reporter, journalist, corporation, artist, politician, campus speaker, and private citizen.”
President Trump also noted the lack of love for the nation shown by the leftist protesters.
“The leftist mafia is trying to demolish our heritage to replace it with a new repressive regime that only they control,” Trump said, adding, “It’s not the behavior of a peaceful political movement, it’s the behavior of totalitarians and tyrants and people who don’t love our country. They don’t love our country.”
In addition, Trump emphasized that these people are not promoting justice and equality, but political power, in a sickly way.
Thus, for Hegseth, Trump stands for love of America and believes that this is the aspiration of most Americans.
“I think President Trump recognizes that defending a simple love of America, defending 1776 against 1619, is still where most Americans are,” Hegseth said.
He also said that mistakes can be acknowledged without destruction, and without allowing “the mob to take over, otherwise the mob erases history and writes its own.”
Trump completely rejects the increasingly pressing demands of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, as he made clear in one of his tweets, calling them treason.
“The leader of Black Lives Matter says, ‘If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, we will burn down this system and replace it. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!”
Black Lives Matter leader states, “If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it”. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020