During an interview with Newsmax TV, Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels gave his two cents on the removal of the Confederate statues. He went as far as comparing the act to ISIS tearing down historical sites in Iraq and Syria.
“I mean, that’s just what ISIS is doing over there in places … there were pieces of history that they didn’t like, so they’re taking them down,” he states.
He continued, “What’s it go to? Where does it stop? Is it gonna be Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, or are we headed into Jefferson and Washington, who were both slave owners,” spewing a similar rhetoric as Trump.
He went on to argue that the statues don’t condone history.
According to Daniels, he thinks the answer isn’t about removing these statues but simply looking away.
“If you don’t like it, don’t look at it,” he says, comparing it to him seeing movie posters and symbolism he doesn’t like, saying that he doesn’t just go tear them down because he doesn’t like them.
“There’s all kinds of symbols in this country that I don’t like, but I’m not gonna go tear them down. I just don’t look at them.”
He concludes, “These statues aren’t preaching, they’re not saying anything…they’re just sitting there so just turn around and don’t look at them.”
You can watch the interview below: