GOP senator says it’s time to stop naming military bases after Confederate generals
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Sunday that it’s time to stop naming military bases after Confederate generals.
The Oklahoma senator said on ABC’s “This Week” that he thinks there are “lots of great” modern leaders to honor instead of Confederate generals.
He added that lawmakers should be able to examine “where did the name come from, what do we need to be able to take a serious look at it, and then to be able to transition” to a different name.
“There are lots of great leaders, military leaders, that are around the country that are modern leaders that we can continue to be able to honor and continue to be able to put names forward,” he told host George Stephanopoulos.
Republican Sen. James Lankford tells @GStephanopoulos that it’s time to stop naming military bases after Confederate leaders, saying there are “lots of great” modern military leaders that we can honor.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 14, 2020
Lankford said naming bases is similar to naming schools.
“You want those children in that school to be able to learn” about the person the building is named after, he said.
“You would have that on a military base as well,” he said. “So, if you have a military base that is named after someone that actually rebelled against the United States government, then you would want to be able to go back and look at that name. That should be a pretty basic principle.”
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