[remarks from a slavery denial interview discussing legislation "that would prevent the use of federal tax dollars to spread the historical reinterpretation in the nation’s classrooms", i.e. the 1619 Project, "a New York Times-based school curriculum emphasizing American slavery instead of American independence”]
America is a great and noble country founded on the proposition that all mankind is created equal. We have always struggled to live up to that promise, but no country has ever done more to achieve it.
We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as [Abraham] Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.