Joe Biden: Confederate Statues Belong in Museums Not Public Places
BIDEN: “So, the idea of comparing whether or not George Washington owned slaves, or Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and somebody who was in rebellion, committing treason, running, trying to take down a union to keep slavery, I think there’s a distinction there. So I think the idea of bringing down I think all those Confederate monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals, etc., who strongly supported secession and the maintenance of slavery and going to war to do it, I think those statues belong in museums, they don't belong in public places. And I think with regard to those statues that are in monuments, like the Jefferson Memorial, I think there's an obligation that the government protect those monuments. Because they're different, that's a remembrance, it is not dealing with revering somebody who had that view. They had much broader views, they may have things in their past that are now and then distasteful, but that's a judgment — for example, taking down, toppling Christopher Columbus statues, George Washington statues, etc., I think that is something that the government has an opportunity and responsibility to protect from happening."