Jun 30, 2020
Gov. Murphy ditching Woodrow Wilson desk amid race reckoning
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he will no longer use former President Woodrow Wilson’s desk at his office in Trenton due to his support of racist policies.
“The country is having a reckoning and Woodrow Wilson, and his legacy is being swept up in that, as it should be,” Murphy said Monday during a press conference.
Murphy came under fire for using the historic furniture after he tweeted a photo of himself paying tribute to George Floyd from behind the desk engraved with Wilson’s name.
Wilson, who served as New Jersey’s governor before becoming elected president in 1913, supported segregation and pushed for several federal agencies to become racially divided while he was in the White House.
Murphy initially said he hadn’t considered the matter and the desk has traditionally been used by other governors.
“As soon as I could get a replacement, which was not as easy as I thought, I got one and I think that was the right thing to do,” Murphy said, according to CNN.
Murphy’s decision to swap out the desk comes after Princeton University announced it would remove Wilson’s name off its public policy school, noting his racism was “significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time.”
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Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson: Should Have Been Face Coverings at Trump Mt. Rushmore Rally
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) said President Donald Trump should have required masks at his rally at Mount Rushmore.
Guest host Andrea Mitchell said, “You’re showing by example when you’re out in public, and other Republicans are, and the president is not. He only is not wearing a face covering in public, but he held these huge gatherings over the weekend, South Dakota and Washington, D.C., against local objections in Washington. What example is that?”
Hutchinson said, “Well, in terms of the gatherings themselves, a lot of them were canceled here in Arkansas, the Fourth of July celebrations trying to minimize that exposure, but when you look at a national level I think it’s good that we celebrate the independence and it’s a controlled environment, and it was outside in Mt. Rushmore. I think it inspired many. I would have liked to have seen more face coverings there in order to set an example.”
Mitchell said, “There was absolutely no social distancing in South Dakota. There were thousands of people there sitting absolutely crowded in and no face covering, as well?”
Hutchinson said, “There should have been face coverings, and they should have followed guidelines there.”
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