It flared up again after white nationalists marched earlier this month to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was killed amid violent clashes between demonstrators.
Pence said "communities can have conversations about what displays happen".
What's particularly encouraging about this interview is that, despite the prevalence of new media, figures like Lauer still wield tremendous influence with average Americans, and Lauer's unwillingness to be taken in by Trump's Afghanistan dog-and-pony show bodes well for the national memory.
Pence's comments come after a pre-planned "Unite the Right" rally erupted into violence on August 12, with white supremacist protesters clashing with counter-protesters who were demonstrating against the event.
But on Tuesday, Trump said the nation is stronger when it's united, and that in a patriot's heart "there is no room for bigotry", Pence continued. "They are words that I hear him speak all the time".
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that President Trump did not draw "moral equivalency" when he denounced "both sides" in Charlottesville, VA.
"Obviously, I think [whether to remove the monuments] should always be a local decision", Pence told Fox News.
"I think he was very clear who the culprits were because he called out the Nazis, the white supremacist, the KKK members by name", Falwell said.
"I hold the view that it's important that we remember our past and build on the progress that we have made", he explained, adding that each state is allowed to select its own pair of statues to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. "But we also ought to celebrate the progress that we have made since that history".