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Indigenous ex-senator who brought monument protection laws defends Andrew Jackson statue despite gory history


Ben Nighthorse Campbell, statue of Andrew Jackson (Getty Images)

Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), who sponsored a 2003 law protecting federal monuments, on Thursday, June 25, called on the defense of Andrew Jackson's statue and other monuments. The move from Campbell, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe, comes at a time when Black Lives Matter demonstrators have been demanding that authorities take down monuments honoring pro-slavery Confederate figures and the architects of Europe's colonies.

Campbell made the statement during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Tonight, where he was asked about the Veterans' Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003, sponsored and introduced into US senate by him. The former senator said: "It's really interesting. Sometimes it is said, 'What goes around comes around,' and I guess in this case that bill introduced years ago came around. I was disturbed, particularly because I'm a Korean War veteran, and some of the vandals defaced the Korean War Memorial. I had friends die in that war. It's a very personal thing to me."


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