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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Watch: Landrieu talks Confederate monuments on Meet the Press

Posted By on Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's taped appearance on Meet the Press this morning got bumped for breaking news, but MTP put the 10-minute discussion on its website this morning. In it, Landrieu tells host Chuck Todd that his "viral" speech about removing Confederate monuments was not meant specifically for a national audience.

"Really, it was a speech to the people of New Orleans," Landrieu said, adding that the city's tricentennial is coming up next year. He said the removal was about "the people of New Orleans having the right to say what goes in their public spaces."
"People for the last 40 or 50 years have been trying to get this done," Landrieu said of the monument removal. "So I'm just a foot soldier in this battle." He added, "We're course-correcting history, not ignoring it. ... We're making straight what was made crooked."

Landrieu said he thought Take 'Em Down NOLA was "wrong" for wanting the statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square to be removed.

He also denied he had any designs on running for president in 2020.

(If the video below isn't visible, click here to watch.)

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