Attorney Alan Dershowitz warned that radical "hard-left organizations" like anti-fascist groups are "trying to tear down America" by taking down statues of Confederate soldiers.
"Once you start rewriting history of African-Americans in this country, you have to start rewriting history of discrimination against many, many other groups," Dershowitz, who is an opinion contributor to The Hill, said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends."
"Look, we’re both a nation of immigrants and a nation of discrimination against immigrants. That’s an important history for us to remember. And the other important thing is do not glorify the violent people who are now tearing down the statues," he continued.
"Many of these people, not all of them, many of these people are trying to tear down America. A radical American, anti-free market communist, socialist, hard-left organization that tries to stop speakers on campuses from speaking. They use violence and just because they’re opposed to fascism and to some of these monuments shouldn’t make them heroes of the liberals."
A recent NPR/PBS/Marist University poll conducted after the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last week showed that 62 percent of respondents said that statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should not be removed, with 27 percent saying they should be removed and 11 percent not sure.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions Biden says he will review executive actions after police reform talks fail MORE (D-N.J.) have called for the removal of Confederate monuments in the Capitol.
President Trump slammed efforts to remove Confederate statues as "foolish."
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017