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Pence says decision on removing Confederate statues should be made locally

It’s a rare occasion when I agree with Mike Pence, but sometimes it snows in April.

By Tal Axelrod

The Hill

Vice President Pence said the decision to remove Confederate statues should be made at the local level, and panned protesters who have dismantled the monuments themselves.

In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Pence said he “wouldn’t begrudge any community or any state to determine what people ought to be remembered and memorialized.”

“Tearing down statues is not protest,” he added of demonstrators who have taken the matter into their own hands. “Engaging in public debate in your community about what appropriate displays are is the American way.”

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