Monday morning became heated on Fox & Friends when Katrina Pierson defended slavery as "good history" on the show. Pierson, the national spokesperson for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, has frequently appeared in national media with her controversial and contrarian stances on a variety of subjects.
On Monday morning's segment, the show carried a debate out on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's call for removing Confederate statues from Washington, D.C. The fiery exchange took place between Pierson and Wendy Osefo, a political commentator who frequently appears on Fox News and contributes to The Hill.
Pierson, who describes herself as a senior political strategist in her Twitter bio, pushed against removing Confederate statues, questioning how long Pelosi had been in D.C. vs. how long the monuments had been there. She accused the Democratic politician of helping "these anarchists and these violent protesters tear down pieces of America, American culture, and American history." But Pierson didn't stop there. She likened the call to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces to ISIS' destruction of historical artifacts. Pierson ranted:
The only place that that's being done right now is by ISIS and I really don't think that you should have leaders actually encouraging people to do these types of things because Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with.
The monuments deserve a place, Pierson argued, saying "bad history is still good history for this country."
In bewilderment and disbelief, Osefo asked Pierson, "Slavery is good history?" Pierson doubled down on her stance and said, "Considering where we are today! Where we are today! Absolutely!" Osefo still appeared to be incredulous and said, "Slavery is good history? Absolutely? Oh, wow."
Pierson attempted to justify her commentary by asking "where would we be today" if not for the Civil War, and saying that American children deserved to know "how special and how wonderful" the United States was by studying the Civil War. But Osefo had already addressed that minutes before by arguing that the statues should not be on state grounds, but in museums for historical knowledge. Host Ainsley Earhardt attempted to calm the argument, but seemed to be drowned out.
This isn't the first time Pierson has garnered a negative spotlight in the media. She's cultivated a reputation for altercations and occasionally a peculiar appearance. In 2015, Pierson wore a bullet necklace on CNN to showcase her support for the Second Amendment. In 2016, she made a historically inaccurate claim when she said Barack Obama "took us into Afghanistan."
It wouldn't be wrong to say that Monday morning's dispute with Osefo was just another normal day for Pierson.