Pelosi demands 11 Confederate statues be removed from Capitol Hill

A statue of James Z. George, known as Mississippi’s ‘Great Commoner’ is on display in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Riding what she hopes is an irresistible wave of leftist fervor, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is seeking to physically redecorate the U.S. Capitol by removing statues of Confederate figures that anger her, Roll Call reports.

Emboldened by breathless media coverage, Pelosi is calling for the removal of 11 Confederate statues from the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection. In a letter sent May 10, Pelosi asks the Joint Committee on the Library to direct the Architect of the Capitol to remove the likenesses of soldiers and officials who represent the Confederacy, even though these people were Americans and the Civil War ended 155 years ago.

Pelosi specifically mentioned two statues of Confederates: Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens. The two men served as president and vice president of the Confederate States of America, respectively.

Pelosi sought to head off any comparisons to historical revisionists: “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 in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi wrote.

The request came on the day President Donald Trump said he would never consider renaming any military base that is named for any Confederate figure.

Recently climbing aboard the media-powered bandwagon was NASCAR, the stock car-racing league born in the South, which announced it would ban images of the Confederate battle flag from its events to please pundits, activists and politically correct advertisers.


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