Nancy Pelosi is now demanding any Confederate statues be removed from the Capitol, despite having the power to do just that just a few years ago, and never doing it herself.
In the wake of attacks on Confederate monuments in Durham, North Carolina and elsewhere around the country, Pelosi is now piling on.
Pelosi calls for the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/QaUd91K2Q5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 17, 2017
“The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible,” Pelosi, the former House Speaker said in a statement today.
When she was Speaker, Pelosi was effectively the queen of the Capitol and could have removed the monuments at that time, when she also apparently thought they were “reprehensible.”
Continuing, Pelosi said, “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.”
The House Minority Leader went on to tut-tut about the symbolic statue gains that were made while the Democrats were in charge.
“…we have recognized more women and people of color in Congress’s collection of statues, including Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller,” she said.
She bragged about moving Robert E. Lee’s statue, though she never did anything more than that.
Nevertheless, Pelosi said, “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.”
Press-hungry Sen. Cory Booker issued a similar demand.
I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. This is just one step. We have much work to do.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 17, 2017
“I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “This is just one step. We have much work to do.”