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Katrina Pierson Melts Down, Offers Deranged Defense of American Slavery

“Think about this for a second. Where would we be today if not for that Civil War?”

Katrina Pierson debates the history of slavery with Wendy Osefo
Photo Credit: Media Matters / Screencap

Pro-Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson, whose historical illiteracy made her infamous during the 2016 presidential campaign, appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning to talk about the history of the Civil War and the Confederacy.

Via Media Matters, Pierson made the case that Confederate statues shouldn’t be removed because they represent a vital part of America’s history — but she then took this argument a step further by saying that they represent a “good” part of U.S. history.

“It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country,” Pierson said.

At this point, Fox & Friends guest Wendy Osefo interjected and asked Pierson if she really meant that a war to defend slavery was a positive highlight from America’s past.

“Slavery is good history?” Osefo asked.

“Considering where we are today… absolutely,” Pierson responded. “Think about this for a second. Where would we be today if not for that Civil War?”

At this point Osefo became incredulous.

“Where would we be without slavery?” she asked. “Are you serious? Do you hear what you’re saying?”

Pierson then said that teaching our children about the history of slavery was a good way of educating them about what makes America “special.”

“How would our children even know how special and how wonderful this country is that we can even be having this discussion today?” she asked.

“How special slavery is?” Osefo replied. “You know how many people died?”

Watch the video below.

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.
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