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Fact Check: Did Pete Buttigieg Call For Jefferson to be Wiped From U.S. History?


Added 05-20-19 09:34:02am EST - “A series of frantic tweets over the weekend might have led many to believe that Pete Buttigieg had declared his desire to wipe any trace of Thomas Jefferson off the face of the earth. The tweets, which included missives from New York…” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Did Pete Buttigieg Call For Jefferson to Be Erased From History?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A series of frantic tweets over the weekend might have led many to believe that Pete Buttigieg had declared his desire to wipe any trace of Thomas Jefferson off the face of the earth.

The tweets, which included missives from New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and Fox News host Laura Ingraham, were based off a wildly inaccurate New York Post story on Buttigieg’s comments from a radio show.

“Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg called for everything honoring Thomas Jefferson to be renamed,” the Post reported on Saturday.

The prompted a furious tweet from Stephens, who fretted: “While we’re at it, Mayor Pete, let’s knock down the FDR Memorial (didn’t do enough to stop the Holocaust) and the Washington monument (slaveholder). Also the South Bend mayor should apologize for accepting a scholarship named after (racist) Cecil Rhodes.”

“Every 2020 Dem shd be pressed on whether they agree with @PeteButtigieg on removing Thomas Jefferson’s name from streets, schools, etc,” Ingraham wrote on Twitter. “#antihistoryparty”

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