After the tragic/evil events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend, everyone with a pulse has been discussing it because is it 2017 and, for reasons that still baffle the hell out of me, people still need to be told that Nazis are not a good group of people. I’m pretty confident history is on my side for having such a #HotTake.
Within the dialog, of course, are other issues such as President Trump’s (some critics have called “slow”) reaction to the situation and the rationale behind the Unite The Right Rally, which seemed to center around the taking down of Confederate monuments, especially one regarding Robert E. Lee.
Which brings me to Paul Bunyan and Seth Meyers. On Monday’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the late night comic discussed on his show politicians who promote such monuments, despite the controversy they still stir and the fact that Lee himself was not exactly wild about said monuments.
Enter Corey Stewart, a Duluth native who ran for governor of Virginia who seems to love Confederate iconography. Which, to each their own I guess, but when someone who hails as far north as Stewart does, Tweeting something such as “Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter” is pretty peculiar. In the clip, Meyers jokes (in a Minnesotan accent) about the Yankees coming and taking monuments, including Paul Bunyan.
The Paul Bunyan moment pops in at the nine minute mark.