Pelosi said images of men who have ‘committed treason’ should disappear, but presidents who own slaves can remain
Nancy Pelosi says images of people who have ‘committed treason’ should disappear, but founders who own slaves can stay – and beats Donald Trump for spending his time preserving Confederate relics
- House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Confederate statues on Capitol Hill are the ones to go – not founders who own slaves
- “I really believe that if people have committed treason against the United States, their statues should not be in the Capitol,” said Pelosi
- She also beat President Trump for spending too much time ‘preserving the Confederacy’s relics’
House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that the Confederate statues on Capitol Hill are the ones to go – not images of founding fathers who own slaves, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
“I really believe that if people have committed treason against the United States, their statues shouldn’t be in the Capitol,” she told reporters at a news conference.
She also suggested that President Trump spent too much time “preserving the Confederacy’s relics.”
Home speaker Nancy Pelosi said that images of people who have ‘committed treason’ – meaning Confederates in the Civil War – have no place in Capitol Hil, but distinguished them from founding fathers who own slaves, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
Pelosi said legislation was in place to remove the remaining 11 Southern statues, although she has no Senate GOP support. She also reminded reporters at her press conference that she can move statues, such as Robert E. Lee (pictured) seen in the Crypt
Pelosi also shot down President Trump, photographed during his brief appearance in the White House briefing room Friday, for spending too much time ‘preserving the Confederacy’s relics’
She made the dig, along with top Democrat Democrat Chuck Schumer, after she was notified of reports that Russia had paid premiums to Taliban fighters to murder U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
At the press conference, Pelosi was asked to provide an update on her quest to remove 11 images from the Capitol complex.
She originally announced her intentions on June 11, shortly after Trump tweeted – and then his press secretary read and read a statement – saying he “won’t even consider” renaming military bases that still bear the name of Southern hunters.
Earlier this week, Trump stood his ground and threatened to veto the massive defense spending bill that the provision contains.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged Trump not to veto, he called Pelosi’s plight to remove the footage “a bridge too far.”
McConnell said the decision should be left to the states, which are allowed to decide which two figures are included in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall collection.
Meanwhile, Pelosi had the paintings of four former home speakers who served the Confederacy removed from the Speakers Lobby on the occasion of the Juneteenth holiday.
“And there will be legislation to remove those same people who fit that low description,” she said of those who “committed treason.”
Although a bill has been filed in the House, she still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by Trump to take action.
Pelosi also reminded journalists that she had the power to move the Southern images. The first time she served as a house speaker, she inserted the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee into the crypt.
A reporter asked Pelosi if she made the same distinction as Joe Biden, the presumed Democrats candidate, who was asked about the issue at his Tuesday press conference in Delaware.
“The idea of comparing whether or not George Washington owned slaves or Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and someone who rebelled and committed treason while trying to bring down a union to preserve slavery, I think there is a difference Biden had said.
“If you committed treason against the United States,” she said. “It’s not about Washington or Jefferson.”
“And that’s the clarity we should have,” she added.
One of the arguments that has come from the White House stage is that the removal of Confedrate memorials will lead to a slippery slope in the demolition of memorials to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Should George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison be erased from history? What about FDR and its internment camps? Should it be erased from history? Or Lyndon Johnson? Who has a history of documented racist statements, “said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in June.