House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined in on the attack of Confederate statues and monuments last week when she released a statement on Thursday asking for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to remove all Confederate monuments from the U.S. Capitol.
“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” her statement read. “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately,” her statement read.
President Trump had pushed back in the effort to wipe every Confederate symbol from the country. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” Trump tweeted. “Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish. …”
On Wednesday morning, Ron Meyer, editor of Red Alert Politics, dropped a truth bombshell during his interview on “Fox and Friends.” Meyer stated:
“Those statues are right where Nancy Pelosi left them when she was Speaker of the House…
“The truth is that she was the Speaker of the House. Democrats controlled Congress, and Obama was President. If they wanted to get those statues out of there, they could have.
“The truth is, the Democrats have a pretty poor history on Civil Rights, including Nancy Pelosi’s own father who was the Mayor of Baltimore — and was one of the people who dedicated statues to Robert E. Lee and ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, and in his speech said that they defended ‘sacred institutions.’ What are those ‘sacred institutions?’ One of those is slavery.
“And the truth is, the Democrat Party has a history of opposing Civil Rights, favoring Jim Crow laws, and also defended slavery back when the Civil War happened.
“And so, the truth is, the Democrats are Johnny-come-lately to this movement.”
Watch Meyer’s interview below:
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) August 21, 2017
In response to Pelosi’s demand to remove all Confederate monuments from the Capitol Building, Ryan’s office reminded her that it’s not the responsibility of Congress to decide which statues are placed in the Capitol, but it is up to the states, as each state is allowed to place two statues of their choosing in the Capitol building.
“These are decisions for those states to make,” said Doug Andres, spokesman for Speaker Ryan.
Pelosi noted when the Democrats controlled the House, they removed a Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Statuary Hall and replaced it with a monument to the civil rights hero, Rosa Parks.
“The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” Pelosi said, adding, “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 in places of honor across the country.”
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