Writing to the Joint Committee on the Library, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called for the removal of 11 Confederate statues from Capitol Hill in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.
“While I believe it is imperative that we never forget our history lest we repeat it, I also believe that 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 places of honor across the country,” Pelosi wrote.
“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,” she added. “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals.”
In response to a similar call to rename U.S. military bases named after Confederate figures, President Trump stated flatly, “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with.”