Charlie Daniels Says Removing Confederate Statues Is Like 'What ISIS Is Doing'

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Charlie Daniels attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. 

"If you don't like it, don't look at it."

Country musician Charlie Daniels said the removal of Confederate statues was similar to demolition actions by ISIS in a Wednesday interview with Newsmax TV. Daniels also echoed President Trump in questioning whether removing statues of Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee could lead to removing statues of slave-owning presidents like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

"That's just what ISIS is doing over at the places where they were," Daniels said when asked if Confederate symbols should be removed across the United States. "There were pieces of history over there they didn't like, they're taking them down."

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" singer continued by presumably directly referencing Trump's statements from a Tuesday press conference, where the president implied that removing Confederate statues could set a precedent for removing statues of the slave-owning Founding Fathers.

"Where does it stop?" Daniels said. "Is it just going to be Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, or are we headed into Jefferson and Washington, who were both slave owners? How deep in history are we going to go? Is everybody in history who we disagree with, we're going to have to wipe every semblance of them out?" 

Daniels specified that he believes allowing the statues to remain was not "condoning" the Civil War, as "we all know what it was fought for."

"They're statues of people who are part of our history," he said. "There are people who are part of our history who were not very savory characters... If you don't like it, don't look at it. I walk past movie posters I don't like... but I'm not going to go over and tear them down. There's all kinds of symbolism and things in this country that I don't like, but I'm not gonna go tear 'em down. I just don't look at them."

Listen to Daniels' full interview below: