Nancy Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate monuments from Capitol


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to push for the removal of Confederate monuments from the US Capitol.

Pelosi released a statement Thursday claiming “the statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans.”

“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.”

She reminded us that, as Speaker, she removed a Confederate statue of General Robert E. Lee and replaced it with Rosa Parks.

“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” the minority leader said.

While tearing down Confederate relics reflects the political mantra of the Democrats, onlookers are uncertain if Nancy Pelosi should be the one delivering the message. Her status as minority leader is a lame duck and she’s given the Party some embarrassing sound bites in recent months. Some have gone as far to say Pelosi is losing it mentally.

Nonetheless, the lawmaker continues to raise money, but when she counters Republicans politically it feels hollow, lacking the weight of a Party behind her.

Each state is allowed to place two statues in the Capitol Building, and the monuments are chosen by state governments.

A spokesman for Speaker Ryan said the decision to move Confederate statues is up to the states, not Congress.

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