Pelosi Wants To Remove Confederate Statues At Capitol
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of Confederate statues at Capitol Hill following the death of Minneapolis black man George Floyd, according to a letter she penned.
Addressed to the Joint Committee on the Library, Pelosi requested Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to give orders to the Architect of Capitol Hill to “immediately” remove Confederate statues from the halls of Congress.
“While I believe it is imperative that we never forget our history lest we repeat it, I also believe that there is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or places of honor across the country,” Pelosi wrote on the letter. Then she continued to say that the statues in Congress should “embody our highest ideals as Americans” and can express who we are and who we aspire to be as a country. “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals,” the speaker added.
In recent weeks, the United States has been under attack by angry rioters, looters, and arsonists wreaking havoc in cities and neighborhoods across the country. What started out as a protest against the unjust death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd in the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has turned into an uncontrollable mob of people fighting for their leftist demands.
After days of burning down establishments, businesses, and neighborhoods, the rioters are now targetting iconic and historical monuments that have been around forever. They have vandalized World War II memorials, set St. John’s Episcopal Church on fire, called for the defunding of the full police force across the country, and now they are vandalizing, smashing, and beheading confederate statues.
On Tuesday, several statues and monuments of the Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus were taken down. In Virginia’s state capital, protesters used ropes to topple over the monument and then burned an American flag on top of it, then dropped it into a nearby lake. Then in Boston, a statue of Columbus was beheaded. On Wednesday, the trend continued as rioters in St. Paul, Minnesota, took down another Columbus statue outside the state’s Capitol building.
In Portsmouth, Virginia, on Wednesday evening, protesters beheaded four statues on a Confederate monument. Before smashing and beheading the statues, the rioters trespassed and defaced the monument with spray paint. Then, after all the rejoicing of the uncontrollable rioters, one man was badly injured after one of the statues fell on his head.
The monument is on fire. Someone put the U.S. flag on top of the flames. pic.twitter.com/Ib6XIHwlx9— Saleen Martin (@Saleen_Martin) June 11, 2020
Beheaded...The 127YO @cityofPortsVA Confederate monument will not be preserved as it was...a decision effectively madr by @PortsmouthPD as somewhere an order was given for officers to stand down. @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/4hmE9B8LZ5— Brett Hall (@BrettHNews) June 11, 2020
Pelosi, as a staunch Democrat and a vocal Trump critic, has been supporting these protesters and is now also joining them in their call to remove all Confederate statues and monuments in the country.
Sen. Blunt responded to Pelosi’s letter, saying that states should be the ones to decide whether or not the Confederate statues should be taken down. “I think the best way for that to happen would be for the states to take them back, if that’s what they want to do,” the senator added.