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Black Caucus Leader: John Kelly Needs A History Lesson

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly needs a history lesson in the Civil War, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said in a Tuesday statement.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, accused Kelly of “whitewashing history” for his comments about the Civil War being the result of a lack of compromise between two sides.

“The Civil War was not a disagreement between ‘men and women of good faith on both sides.’ It was a struggle for the soul of this country. Thankfully, the right side won the war and slavery is no longer the law of the land,” Richmond said in the statement. “The Congressional Black Caucus is not surprised by the Trump White House’s repeated attempts to whitewash history or by its continued inability to apologize when it is flat out wrong. ”

People on both sides of the Civil War were of good faith, Kelly said on Fox News Monday night.

“It was always loyalty to state first back in those days,” Kelly said. “Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

The caucus is also calling on Kelly to apologize for accusing Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat, of taking credit for getting funding for an FBI building in 2015. Kelly stood by his comments.

“We continue to call on General Kelly to apologize for his lies about Congresswoman Wilson. He is starting to sound a lot like his boss,” Richmond said.

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