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The first of four monuments to the confederacy marked for removal in New Orleans was dismantled under police protection in the “wee hours” of Monday morning, as The Times-Picayune described the scene.

One of the loudest voices protesting the removals came miles away, from a conservative Republican who is running for governor of Virginia.

A statement from Stewart’s campaign calls the removal of the Confederate monuments a “blatant destruction of U.S. history” that is sweeping across the South.

Many folks on Twitter didn’t care for his comments:

Stewart is also catching fire for criticizing “Yankees” who deride Southerners for their monuments.

The Minnesota Star Tribune pointed out that Stewart is a native Minnesotan, which brought this criticism:

SOURCE:  Times-Picayune, Minnesota Star Tribune