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Virginia officials weigh in on removal of Lee statue
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Virginia officials weigh in on removal of Lee statue

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Crews take the Robert E. Lee Statue down on Wednesday.

Gov. Northam, at Lee statue removal, talks about a new day in Virginia

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond

“The removal of this painful monument would not have happened if not for the community leaders who fought long odds to make this historic moment a reality. I drive past the Lee statue every day on my way to the Capitol. Removing this statue is like lifting a weight off of our shoulders. This statue has represented and triggered 400 years of trauma for the Black community. Now, the statue is gone — but our work remains to address the systemic results of white supremacy.”

Gov. Ralph Northam

“The statue of Robert E. Lee has finally come down — the last Confederate statue on Monument Avenue, and the largest in the South. The public monuments reflect the story we choose to tell about who we are as a people. It is time to display history as history, and use the public memorials to honor the full and inclusive truth of who we are today and in the future.”

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Twitter

“A powerful moment in Virginia this morning as a symbol of injustice and pain is removed at long last.”

Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, on Twitter

“When the sun rises tomorrow, this symbol will be gone. Today we close a chapter and start anew — I’m encouraged for Richmond and for all of Virginia.”

Former President Donald Trump

“Our culture is being destroyed and our history and heritage, both good and bad, are being extinguished by the Radical Left and we can’t let that happen! If only we had Robert E. Lee to command our troops in Afghanistan, that disaster would have ended in a complete and total victory many years ago.”

Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, whose Facebook cover photo features a Confederate flag marked ‘Heritage, not hate’

“We’re losing our country and state because of political correctness and spineless politicians. Enough is enough. Stand up and stop allowing the left to define you. This flag does not represent hate. It represents Southern Pride. Southern Pride means loving God, country, family, sweet tea, watching the Dukes of Hazzard ... and yes our southern accent. I’m so over it. Call me a racist and prepare yourself. I will educate you.”

Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, on Twitter

“Today in the former home of the Confederacy we move one step closer to eradicating the hate that has been deeply rooted in the soil of our commonwealth.”

Michael Rao, president of Virginia Commonwealth University

“VCU celebrates change that helps advance a more inclusive world — particularly change that eases pain and promotes healing. The removal of the Lee monument, just blocks away from campus, represents that type of change.”

Phyllis Randall, chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

“After 130 years Lee has made his final retreat. The arc of history continues to bend toward justice. Thank God.”

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