“The nation is having a reckoning and Woodrow Wilson, and his legacy is being swept up in that, appropriately,” Murphy mentioned Monday throughout a press convention.
Murphy got here underneath fireplace for utilizing the historic furnishings after he tweeted a photo of himself paying tribute to George Floyd from behind the desk engraved with Wilson’s title.
Wilson, who served as New Jersey’s governor earlier than turning into president in 1913, supported segregation and pushed for a number of federal businesses to develop into racially divided whereas he was within the White Home.
Murphy initially mentioned he hadn’t thought of the matter and the desk has historically been utilized by different governors.
“As quickly as I may get a substitute, which was not as straightforward as I assumed, I received one and I believe that was the proper factor to do,” Murphy mentioned, according to CNN.
Murphy’s choice to swap out the desk comes after Princeton College announced it would remove Wilson’s name from its public coverage college, noting his racism was “important and consequential even by the requirements of his personal time.”