Trump Cabinet Pick Has Supported “Confederate History Month”

Published February 3, 2017
Published February 3, 2017

Alex Wong/Getty Images\U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).

Tom Price — Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services — has a weird thing for Confederate culture.

After growing up in Michigan, Price moved to Georgia for his medical residency.

It was there that he began his political career and –- apparently — developed a certain fondness for the historical movement to maintain the American institution of enslaving people.

As a state senator, Price cosponsored a resolution to establish “Confederate History Heritage Month.”

The motion, put forth in 2004, suggested that in April children should be taught to “commemorate the time of Southern independence.” It mentioned absolutely nothing about slavery.

Sen. Tim Kaine asked Price about this oddly “laudatory” description of a time and place where human beings were systematically purchased, abused and objectified.

“I think every heritage has things that are good about it, every heritage has things that are harmful about it,” Price responded. “And I’m happy to answer the specific question, I think slavery was an abomination.”

The measure was not approved at the time, but a similarly worded bill passed in 2009.

As far as those “things that were good” about the Confederacy, Price seems to feel they had good taste in flags.

He once called for a flag featuring the “Stars and Bars” to be flown over the state capitol building and, in 2015, voted against a national measure to remove the flag from Congressional buildings.

The Atlanta branch of the NAACP has spoken out against Price’s nomination – fearing that his “history of support for the ‘Confederate States of America’” might make him prejudiced regarding healthcare issues primarily affecting minorities.

“Dr. Price’s beliefs contradict the oath of office required of senior government officials to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” the organization’s statement reads. “The Confederacy and Confederate sympathizers remain antithetical to the principle that all men are created equal.”

This is not the only controversy surrounding Price’s nomination.

Since 2012, Price has traded shares worth more than $300,000 in about 40 health-related companies. Because Price was on the House Ways and Means Committee’s subcommittee on health, he was trading in shares on measures that could affect his investments.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Price had lied about having unlawfully accepted discounted stock from a medical biotechnology company.

He also authored a bill directly benefitting another medical company in which he had stock.

Price has voted against the Violence Against Women Act, against the legalization of gay marriage and against legislation that would protect LGBTQ victims of hate crimes.

Due to these controversies, Price’s confirmation vote in the Senate Financial Committee was boycotted by Democrats. His full Senate vote will take place in the coming weeks.

Next, take a look at these 39 haunting photos of the Civil War. Then, the UN’s argument that America owes black people reparations.