Bannon wants the Dems to keep focusing on race and identity politics, which he believes to be a losing approach. He believes (rightly, I think) that economic inequality and opportunity is the large unifying concern of the electorate. So the GOP is completely gleeful that so many people want to see these Confederate statues gone.
Trump must think so, as well, because he argued that it was a slippery slope from statues of Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. - as if the fact that they engaged in the racist practice of chattel slavery would merit their historical denefestration.
They are completely missing the point! Thes statues were erected in the 1920s to celebrate and normalize the generals who led an armed rebellion against the legal government of the United States. When the Southerners couldn’t win through our Constitutional system, they turned to violence and war. They were and remain traitors to the Constitution and the United States.
Confederate generals deserve no place of honor anywhere. If people want to remember them, let them set up a statue in their own yards - not public areas. And no one should care that people will get upset because this is “their heritage” and “these men fought bravely for what they believed in.” What they believed in was treason!
It is way past time for the Democrats to label the cause for these statues’ removal “the Treason Reason.” Democrats haven’t resorted to armed rebellion in spite of hideous GOP obstruction from the very first days of the Obama Administration - not even when McConnell illegally blocked a vote on a Supreme Court nominee. It’s time to call these NeCons what they are: traitors to the Republic.