CREDIT: NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”

( MediaQuire) This morning, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich joined the political panel of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” addressing that 13 years ago, he called for the Georgia flag to be changed, and that “may well be changed now that people are into a new cycle.”

CHUCK TODD:

Speaker Gingrich, you represented Georgia.  You represented, you know, this divide on what the Confederacy was about.  And when you hear his comments, how do you respond?

NEWT GINGRICH:

Well look, I joined Democrat Zell Miller 13 years ago in saying the Georgia flag had to be changed.  I mean, it’s very clear.

CHUCK TODD:

Are you comfortable with the flag the way it is now?  You know, it is modeled, it is the original Confederate flag, just with the Georgia seal on it, the way it’s modeled.

NEWT GINGRICH:

I think that may well be changed now that people are into a new cycle.  But let me tell you what I think is crazy.  It’s crazy for Amazon to come along and say, “Here is an educational game about Gettysburg, which is used widely in schools to teach people to think.”  And by the way, it has a Confederate versus an American flag, and therefore they’ve taken the game out of Amazon. Now there’s a point here however we begin to get towards Orwell’s memory hole, in which we try to hide from the past.  I think it’s one thing to say you should not have a symbol which is very offensive to a large part of your population, it’s another thing to say, “Let’s erase our history and pretend it never occurred.”

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