On Monday, President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, praised General Robert E. Lee who led the Confederacy in the Civil War, stating that “both sides” in the Civil War fought in good faith.
During an interview with Fox News, Kelly made the comments, defending the historical importance of the Confederacy.
“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man who gave up his country to fight for his state,” Kelly explained in his interview on Fox Network regarding the Confederate General in the war between the North and South.
As history explains, the primary cause of the Civil War was due to South seceding from the Union over disagreements regarding slavery of African-Americans.
“The lack of the ability to comprise led to the Civil War,” Kelly said.
“Men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”
Chelsea Clinton weighed in on Kelly’s version of history in a tweet Monday night.
General Kelly, there is no “compromise” regarding slavery. Ever. And, the Constitution’s original 3/5ths Compromise was an abomination. https://t.co/THMjrBhxmI
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 31, 2017
Clinton made reference to an agreement reached between the Union and Confederacy in 1787 that, for purposes of determining representation in Congress, counted each free person in the South as one person — and each slave as three-fifths of a person.
Rougly 600,000 people on both sides of the war died.