Sen. Kennedy says all military installations should be renamed after Medal of Honor winners

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Sen. John Kennedy says that rather than targeting military bases named after Confederate figures, the sites should instead bear the names of Medal of Honor winners.

The Louisiana Republican Tuesday proposed a substitute amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would rename all military installations after Medal of Honor winners.

It would replace the amendment offered by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, adopted in committee last week, which would establish a protocol to rename military installations named after Confederate generals such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, and Camp Beauregard in Louisiana. There are currently 10 military bases named for Confederate officers.

“I’m opposed to the amendment in its current form. I’m going to offer a substitute amendment to rename every single, solitary military installation in this country after a Medal of Honor winner,” Kennedy told reporters Tuesday. “I do not think that the attitudes that we’ve been discussing about — racial discrimination and anti-Semitism, misogyny — are limited only to the South.”

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