GOP State Senator-Elect Blasted for Saying Robert E. Lee Loved U.S. More Than 'the Squad'

An Arizona state senator-elect who successfully campaigned as an "America First pro-Trump Republican" sparked backlash after saying confederate general Robert E. Lee "loved" his country more than several Democratic congresswomen of color nicknamed "The Squad."

Recently elected GOP state senator-elect Wendy Rogers was responding to the removal of Lee's statue from the U.S. Capitol, where it had stood in the so-called Crypt since 1909. The move followed calls from Virginia's Democratic governor, who asked that the U.S. Capitol remove the confederate statue from government property.

But this prompted several GOP lawmakers, including Rogers, to condemn it in comparison to modern Democrats. Despite Lee having committed treason by joining the confederate forces against the United States during the Civil War, Rogers claimed the late general loved the U.S. more than "squad" members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

"Robert E Lee loved our country more than Antifa, Soros, China, @aoc, @IlhanMN, and @RashidaTlaib," Rogers tweeted Monday, prompting critics to remind the GOP lawmaker that Lee was a "traitor" for commanding the rebel forces against President Abraham Lincoln and the Union (U.S.) Army.

Responses immediately ridiculed her for failing U.S. history classes during school or during her time in the military.

"F**k me, you absolutely shat the bed in history class, I guess," responded writer Ian Fortney, prompting several additional responses which compared Lee to Ho Chi Minh and Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

"Robert E. Lee was a traitor whose actions murdered American troops. Why are you so clueless about America and our history?" replied Bob Brigham, senior editor at RawStory.

Robert E Lee loved our country more than Antifa, Soros, China, @aoc, @IlhanMN, and @RashidaTlaib.

— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) December 22, 2020

Rogers has recently used her social media presence to blast the results of the November elections despite that being the same contest which has put her in office. Rogers demanded Trump and his legal team including attorney Rudy Giuliani "send in law enforcement" to ensure there is a proper "audit" of election machines.

"President Trump won AZ & it is up to us to expose the fraud & award our electors to the rightful winner - Donald J Trump. #GeItDone," she tweeted falsely on December 4, citing zero evidence that President-elect Joe Biden did not win the state.

A fourth member not mentioned by Rogers is typically associated with "the Squad" members, Massachusetts congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. The group has been among the most vocal congressional critics of President Donald Trump, Republicans and moderate Democrats.

The House voted 305 to 113 in July for the removal of all confederate statues from the Capitol, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referring to the action as "welcome news" for the entire country.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's office announced the removal of Lee's statue from the Capitol Hill crypt Monday. The statue had resided for 111 years next to that of the country's first president, George Washington. The state of Virginia plans to replace the statue of Lee with that of civil rights icon, Barbara Johns.

"The Confederacy is a symbol of Virginia's racist and divisive history, and it is past time we tell our story with images of perseverance, diversity, and inclusion," wrote Northam, a Democrat, in a statement released Monday. I look forward to seeing a trailblazing young woman of color represent Virginia in the U.S. Capitol, where visitors will learn about Barbara Johns' contributions to America and be empowered to create positive change in their communities just like she did."

Rogers, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, campaigned aggressively against abortion, in favor of gun rights and was endorsed personally by Trump. Rogers defeated incumbent Republican state senator Sylvia Allen in the August GOP primary using a heavily pro-Trump campaign. She then went on to win over Democratic candidate Felicia French in the November general election.

Newsweek reached out to Rogers' office for additional remarks Tuesday morning but did not hear back by the time of publishing.

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Recently elected GOP state senator-elect Wendy Rogers responded to the removal of Lee's statue from the U.S. Capitol, where it had stood in the so-called Crypt since 1909. Screenshot: Wendy Rogers for State Senate