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08/22/2017 03:31 pm ET Updated Aug 23, 2017

Pence's Answer On Confederate Statues? Leave Them, And Build Others To Honor 'Progress.'

"We ought to be celebrating the men and women who have helped our nation move toward a more perfect union."

The answer to what we should do with all these troublesome Confederate monuments?

Just build more statues of other people!

That’s according to Vice President Mike Pence, who told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday he’d like to see the U.S. erect more statues for heroes instead of tearing down Confederate monuments “that have graced our cities.”

“Obviously, I think that should always be a local decision,” Pence said. “But I’m someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments. What we ought to do is, we ought to remember our history, but we also ought to celebrate the progress that we’ve made since that history.”

He added: “Rather than tearing down monuments that have graced our cities all across this country for years, we ought to be building more monuments.

“We ought to be celebrating the men and women who have helped our nation move toward a more perfect union and tell the whole story of America.”

The debate over Confederate statues ― most of which were actually built during the Jim Crow era, decades after the Civil War ― has taken on renewed urgency after a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one dead and 19 injured.

The racist gathering, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, has inspired numerous other cities to consider removing their Confederate monuments.

Language in this story has been amended to clarify Pence’s remarks.

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