Pelosi on mobs destroying statues: ‘People will do what they do’
On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to caution protesters in her native city of Baltimore who tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and then tossed the monument into the sea.
“It’s up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see,” said Pelosi. “Taking down the Columbus monument doesn’t diminish my pride in my Italian American heritage.”
When a reporter followed up by asking Pelosi if a commission should be formed to decide which statues come down rather than allowing mobs of protesters to do it, the Speaker brushed the question off.
“People will do what they do,” Pelosi responded. “I do think that from a safety standpoint it would be a good idea to have it taken down if the community doesn’t want it. I don’t know that has to be a commission but it could be a community view.”
Pelosi was born and raised in Baltimore where her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as mayor from 1947 to 1959.
Current Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young had a much different response than Pelosi. Young said the destruction of public property was unacceptable and the protesters would be brought to justice.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Pelosi of defending the radical left-wing mob.
“Her job is to write laws. Instead, she encourages mobs to break them. She is complicit with criminal activity, plain and simple,” McCarthy said.
Fox News Host Laura Ingraham publicly questioned if Pelosi would be OK if the mobs were made up of Republicans.
“Does she also think it’s OK for Republicans to gather in mobs and smash and deface things,” Ingraham tweeted.
Pelosi said Thursday that she wants to look forward and she’s not attached to physical monuments and tokens of the past.
“I don’t even have my grandmother’s earrings,” Pelosi said.
Video showed rioters pulling chains that had been wrapped around the statue, and then knocking it into the ocean. While many regard Columbus as personifying their history and heritage in the new world, others see Columbus as a conqueror who brought oppression to the indigenous population during his exploration.
Former President Ronald Reagan helped unveil the Columbus statue in Baltimore in 1984.
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