A Florida Republican state representative is proposing a bill that would prohibit the removal of Confederate monuments on public property.

Rep. Mike Hill explained Saturday on "Fox & Friends" that his bill goes beyond protecting just confederate monuments within the state.

According to the Miami New Times, Hill is the first African-American representative in Florida elected from the Panhandle since the Civil War.

He said on that his Soldiers' and Heroes' Monuments and Memorials Protection Act would protect monuments honoring heroes who fought in U.S. battles.

"It also protects first responders and astronauts," Hill said. "So it goes beyond just confederate monuments."

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Hill said the "small" reaction from the African-American community to his bill has not been positive.

However, he added that residents he's spoken to in Pensacola -- the area he represents -- are in support of it.

"This is simply a small battle in the entire war for the soul of this nation," said Hill, adding that the left wants to "divide and destroy" the country.

To those who could argue he wants to protect monuments honoring slave owners, Hill said that was "nonsense."

He said it was "faked, feigned outrage" that people want to tear down such monuments because they are offensive.

"I don't think so. I don't buy it," he said.

Watch the discussion on "Fox & Friends" above.

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