During an appearance on Fox News, White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly claimed the Civil War was caused by “a lack of an ability to compromise.”
Kelly began his bizarre history lesson by telling host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” that pro-slavery Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man”:
I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days, Now it’s different today.
But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.
The Atlantic noted in June that Lee was an unrepentant white supremacist and led a massacre of black Union troops at the Battle of the Crater in 1864.