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Obama Homeland Chief: Confederate Monuments Threat to ‘Homeland Security’

Jeh Johnson said that decades-old statues are now threats to public safety.

Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told ABC News’ Martha Raddetz on Sunday that monuments to Confederates are a threat to “homeland security.”

“What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the confederate monuments, are now, modern-day, becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism and neo-Nazis,” Johnson said.

“I salute those in cities and states who are taking down those monuments for reasons of public safety and security,” he said. “That’s not a matter of political correctness. That’s a matter of public safety and homeland security.”