Landrieu defends monument removals

David Blake
September 20, 2017 - 12:38 pm



New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been widely criticized for his involvement in taking down those confederate monuments, but he has also been widely praised. During an appearance on today's CBS This Morning, the hosts said Landrieu is viewed by many people as a hero for what he did.

"You have a city that's 67 percent African-American and individuals had to walk by those statues, which were in places of public reverence, and it's just not what not what the city of New Orleans was or who we are," Landrieu said.

Landrieu was asked about putting up some new monuments to replace what's been removed.

"I think the people in communities ought to use their public places in ways that lift people up and not tear them down," said Landrieu.

While the interview with CBS didn't bring up rumors that the Democratic party might be interested in Landrieu as a presidential candidate, co-host Norah O'Donnell asked Landrieu what he thought of President Trump's speech to the U.N. General Assembly. Landrieu criticized the speech as "antagonistic" and "sad."

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