Nine out of the 11 statues of Confederate leaders at the Capitol building that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is attempting to remove were members of the Democratic Party and the other two didn’t belong to a political party, according to Just the News.
In the weeks since Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, many Confederate symbols and monuments have been damaged or brought down, in some cases statues were toppled by protesters and others removed by local authorities.
Pelosi, whose father—the late former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., once praised Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at a monument dedication ceremony in his city over half a century ago, has called for the immediate removal of all Confederate statues from the halls of Congress.
In her letter Wednesday, June 10, Pelosi asked Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to direct the Architect of the Capitol to “immediately” start removing 11 statues of Confederate leaders from display in the Capitol complex.
“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy,” Pelosi said in the letter obtained by ABC News. “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. Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed.”
During a Fox News “Hannity” interview on Friday, civil rights attorney Leo Terrell said he was fed up with Democratic Party’s “hypocrisy,” calling it “ridiculous.”
“You know, this is why I stopped drinking the Democratic Kool-Aid. I can’t take this hypocrisy anymore, it’s ridiculous,” Terrell said.
“The bottom line is this. We don’t need Democrats to insult me or placate me with African garb—Nancy Pelosi. Pass some laws, pass some reform, show me something other than some kind of condescending act. That doesn’t follow anymore,” he added.