Sen. Ted Cruz argued Thursday that although he thinks it would not be "beneficial" to "sanitize history" by ripping down Confederate statues around the country, communities should be able to decide for themselves "how to appropriately acknowledge" history.
"I don't think it's beneficial to go through and try to sanitize history and try to erase the Civil War. We have a history that needs to be presented fairly, needs to be presented in context. It needs to clearly enunciate the evils of slavery," Cruz told reporters at the Mary Kay Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, according to CNN.
"And so, I don't think we should go through and simply try to erase from history prior chapters even if they were wrong. But I think that's a decision each community needs to make as to how to appropriately acknowledge that history, how to commemorate that history, how to recognize that history," Cruz added.
Cruz:"Different communities will approach this issue differently...I dont think we should be sanitizing our history to erase the Civil War— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) August 17, 2017
The Texas senator's statements on the Confederate statues echoed those of President Trump on Thursday.
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it..." Trump said in a series of tweets.
Although the statements appear to mirror one another, when asked if he believes the president was "unequivocal" in his condemnation of hate groups, Cruz said, "I'm going to speak for myself."
Cruz declined to respond to Trump's comments Tuesday on the violent rally in Charlottesville, Va.