Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that Confederate monuments are becoming “symbols and rallying points for white nationalism.”
“What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the Confederate monuments, are now modern day becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK,” Johnson said during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.”
He added that it is a “most alarming” development in the United States.
“We fought a world war against Nazism. The KKK rained terror on African Americans for generations,” Johnson said. “And so a number of Americans rightly, Republican and Democrat, are very concerned and very alarmed, and I salute those in cities and states who are taking down a lot of these monuments for reasons of public safety and security.”