New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that vandalizing and tearing down monuments is "a healthy expression" against racism.
"People are making a statement about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery," he said during an NBC interview. "I think those are good statements."
NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked Cuomo if he supports President Trump's "guidance" espousing more protection for monuments. In recent weeks, demonstrators have targeted, damaged, and toppled monuments and statues honoring Confederate leaders, as well as leaders who fought for black and American freedoms, including World War II veterans, Ulysses S. Grant, and Abraham Lincoln.
"It's a healthy expression of people saying let's get some priorities here, and let's remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let's not celebrate it," Cuomo said.