House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been quiet this week, but she roared back onto the scene on Thursday with a spectacularly terrible moment while answering reporters’ questions at a D.C. news conference.
A reporter asked Pelosi for her thoughts on the destruction of Baltimore’s statue of Christopher Colombus on July 4th. Pelosi currently represents San Francisco but originally hails from Baltimore.
Pelosi flippantly dismissed the gradual dismantling of American history, saying “people will do what they do,” and that she doesn’t “care that much about statues.”
Last week, Pelosi said that the only statues that should come down are those representing “traitors” such as Confederate generals and leaders, but it didn’t take her long to change her tune.
This week, she said “I’m not one of those people who’s wedded to, oh, a statue, to somebody someplace is an important thing. I don’t — again, if the community doesn’t want the statue there, the statue shouldn’t be there.”
When the reporter pressed Pelosi about whether she condones the destruction of statues by mob instead of a Democratic process, Pelosi said:
People will do what they do. It’s a — 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 it has to be a commission, but it just could be a community view. And sometimes it’s something that’s been there, that view has been there for a while.
Baltimore’s statue of Christopher Colombus, who died over three hundred years before the Confederacy was even formed, was pulled down and thrown into the harbor on the evening of July 4th.
“Protesters” the first targeted statues of Confederate leaders have long since moved on to statues and monuments of prominent American heroes such as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, and George Washington.
Last week, the issue of statue removal was strictly about treason, according to Pelosi. This week, any monument to America’s founders and leaders is fair game in Pelosi’s eyes.