Mitch Landrieu has upped the ante in his war of words with David Vitter over Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Today, Landrieu sent out an e-mail to his supporters that compares Vitter to David Duke.
Here’s the entire e-mail:
Yesterday, a panel of New Orleans residents on the Vieux Carré Commission took a big step towards removing the Liberty Place monument.
However, at the same time, Senator David Vitter and David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klansman, doubled down on their efforts to keep this monument, fighting to preserve the last vestiges of white supremacy rather than honoring the great diversity that defines us today.
Tell David Vitter and David Duke that this monument has no place in New Orleans.
The history of the Battle of Liberty Place monument goes back to 1874, when a group of radical ex-Confederates launched a coup against the racially-integrated Reconstruction government of Louisiana, forming a militia and storming New Orleans. The mob attacked a force made up of the integrated Metropolitan Police force and state militia and killed police officers and innocent bystanders.
In 1886, private groups erected this monument to honor the members of the White League that were killed in the Battle of Liberty Place — not the police officers or the innocent bystanders.
Why David Vitter and David Duke are defending this monument is beyond me.
Our state has always been a place that honors the lives of law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty. But this monument stands in direct contrast to those ideals.
The ideals represented in this monument never belonged in a city as great as New Orleans, where diversity is our lifeblood. It’s time we chart a future of togetherness, not division.
Sign on now to add your support in removing this monument erected in honor of those who killed police officers.
We have to make our voices heard over the noise of opponents like David Vitter and David Duke.
Let’s start by removing the Liberty Place monument.
What’s got Mitch all pissy is this radio ad the Vitter campaign released, attacking him on New Orleans’s out of control violent crime.
Vitter never mentioned the Liberty Place monument. In fact, Vitter has never mentioned any monument in particular.
Landrieu took a cheap shot at David Vitter and for that he should apologize to Vitter for trying to label him a racist. In the meantime, this attack will probably do nothing but help Vitter because of how unpopular the monument demolition is statewide.