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Pelosi on Destruction of Columbus Statue in Baltimore: ‘People Will Do What They Do’

Pelosi on Destruction of Columbus Statue in Baltimore: ‘People Will Do What They Do’

“But I don’t care that much about statues.”

A reporter asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the destruction of the Christopher Columbus in Baltimore, MD, on July 4.

Apparently, Pelosi doesn’t care because she answered: “People will do what they do.”

Here’s the transcript:

Q: Madam Speaker, this question is close to home for you. The city of Richmond is obviously in sync with your desire to get rid of Confederate statues. But in Baltimore, in Little Italy, the statue of Christopher Columbus was removed, or taken down, and I wonder if you have anything to share with that.

Pelosi: Well, I’m not — you know, I don’t even have my grandmother’s earrings. I’m not a big let’s-see-what-we-have-in-monuments, and this. I’m more interested in what people have accomplished. I think that it’s uptimes to the communities to decide what statues they want to see. But I think that it’s very important that we take down any of the statues of people who committed treason against the United States of America, as those statues exist in the halls of Congress, in the Rotunda — not the Rotunda, I don’t think, but in the Statuary Hall and the rest, some of them are. But 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. Doesn’t diminish my pride in my Italian-American heritage, and the fact that it was a country discovered by an Italian, named for an Italian, Amerigo Vespucci. So — I have that pride. But I don’t care that much about statues.

Q: Shouldn’t that be done by a — respectfully, shouldn’t that be done by a commission, or the city council, not a mob in the middle of the night, throwing it into the harbor?

Pelosi: 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.

Joel Pollak at Breitbart noted that Pelosi is from Baltimore. Her father served as mayor. Pelosi’s father “oversaw the dedication of a statue honoring Confederate military leaders Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee in 1948.”


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But, if you trespass on her property…

Does that generosity extend to the actions of Conservatives; Madam Speaker?

So can we get clarification on her statement? She says she doesn’t care about statues. Ok statues are monuments that are symbolic. She says that if people don’t like them then they should be removed.

I disagree. What else is a monument with symbolism? How about the Capital building itself? That pretty Damn symbolic. Is she in favor of it’s removal/destruction?

Maybe some whacked out anarchist wants to remove other such monuments, should we indulge them? I seem to recall just such an event in OK City, where an individual ascribed certain ideological issues to a federal building and destroyed it. Was that ok in her opinion?

    pfg in reply to CommoChief. | July 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Destroy statutes, not statues.

    Destroy as in Repeal, Repeal, Repeal.

    fedgov is a behemoth, beyond the comprehension of most of us concerning just how large and pervasive it is in our lives.

    Democrats & their MSM helpmates will never, ever consider any sort of meaningful repeal of anything. Their attitude is for more, more, more government. Peddle to the medal.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CommoChief. | July 9, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    The Democrat Party rioters vandalized that Memorial too.

Moon Battery | July 9, 2020 at 2:21 pm

I wonder if she has the same philosophy when it comes to gun ownership and conceal/carry……

I’m shaking my magic 8 ball and it says…. “doubtful”.

She’s a member of the Church with a Pro-Choice religion… a progressive path.

This is like all those mayor (Seattle comes to mind 1st) who just ignored all of this until their house get tagged.

Note the second question where the reporter felt that he/she had to qualify it with the word “respectfully” to make sure Pelosi knew he/she was not attacking her. Compare that with the rudeness the press shows the President or any Republican. I hope the Republicans win by a huge landslide as a middle finger to the press.

broomhandle | July 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm

I wonder if she would care if a mob tore down a statue of MLK.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to broomhandle. | July 10, 2020 at 10:56 am

    I don’t approve of tearing down any historical artifacts. But, putting buckets full thermite (very easy to make) around MLK statues, and melting them down to a glob, might help them understand. And, maybe that is how the leaders of BLM should be handled? They would pass through the fried state on their way to an incinerated state. That would give some closure to families whose loved ones were killed in riots.

Notice she clarified, “Not the Rotunda”? In the Rotunda are the following statues: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, a bust of MLK, Jr, a joint marble statue of the three most famous female suffragists, James Garfield, Andrew Jackson, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Dwight Eisenhower.

Oh, and Washington, Garfield, Jackson, Ford, Eisenhower, and Reagan are in there because they are the presidents who are part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.

    Milhouse in reply to p. | July 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    None of them committed treason against the USA.

      Petrushka in reply to Milhouse. | July 9, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      In the aftermath of the Civil War, President Andrew Johnson on this day in 1868 issued pardons to all Confederate soldiers who fought in that conflict. The president extended “unconditionally, and without reservation … a full pardon and amnesty for the offence [sic] of treason against the United States, or of adhering to their enemies during the late Civil War, with restoration of all rights, privileges, and immunities under the Constitution and the laws.”

      I’m not a lawyer. Is it correct to say that a pardoned person is guilty of a crime? Not a rhetorical question.

      Connivin Caniff in reply to Milhouse. | July 9, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Dearest Milhouse, the Southerners did not commit treason. The States had a right to secede: The people from the Northeast had previously said you could. And a full pardon and amnesty means no crime had been committed.

      But how many of them are on the mob’s “who cares, get rid of them” list?

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | July 10, 2020 at 11:45 am

      I think we need McCarthy reincarnated to deal with Marxists. For many years, in part because I had a mentor who was caught up in McCarthyism, and in part because I was under the impression that communism was not a serious threat.

      Much later I learned that McCarthy was right, in that there was significant communist infiltration.

      It seems pretty clear that today’s infestation is much worse, and that puts McCarty in a much different light.


    CommoChief in reply to p. | July 10, 2020 at 10:34 am


    Treason- Ok now show us your posts in support of treason charges for CHAZ/CHOP, occupy movement, etc.

    Let’s try and leave the Civil war in the past. Embrace the spirit of Lincoln..’bind up the nation’s wounds..with charity towards all and malice towards none….

    Egging on a ‘ do over’ or rematch isn’t helpful.

2smartforlibs | July 9, 2020 at 4:40 pm

Time to stop all donations to anything liberal that follows though donating to the DNC.

    Time to stop buying Ford vehicles:

    Ford Foundation Is Donating Millions To ‘Defund The Police’ While Ford Motor Company Is Making Millions From The Police:

    Ford’s charitable arm is the Ford Motor Company Fund. It was previously untied to Ford Motors. Not anymore: Henry Ford III, has joined the board at the New York-based Ford Foundation. In February 2019, Foundation president Darren Walker said: “Although we were established to be an independent institution, our recent efforts in southeastern Michigan have marked a reconnection with the Ford family, coming full circle with Henry’s election to our board.”


      JusticeDelivered in reply to | July 10, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      I mentioned before working with a wealthy friend, distributing millions of dollars for education. That also included the Smithsonian. I was with a group of historians at MAH, and I mentioned a book I had recently read, Who Financed Hitler by James Pool:

      There seemed to be consensus among those historians that Hitler probably would not have succeeded without Henry Ford.

      The referenced book devotes a whole chapter to Ford financing Nazis.

        alaskabob in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

        Nazi Germany’s rise came through huge loans. They wound up converting long term to short term loans to help ease the burden but eventually Germany would have hit the wall. War is a great way to throw the dice…

        Capitalism was felt to be fading with so many seeing either international socialism (communism) or national socialism (Nazi) as the future. Here we go again… the 1920-30’s all over again one century later.

Wasn’t it Nancy that use to insist “nobody is above the law.”

Amerigo Vespucci did not “discover” the land that would become the United States. Pelosi is just pathetic across the board.

Vile Pelosi might as well have said, “Negros gonna smash.” The paternalistic bigotry of low expectations represents the Dhimmi-crats’ default posture vis-a-vis black Americans. The Dhimmis believe that black folks are permanent infants who don’t possess agency, who can’t be expected to comport their behavior in accordance with laws and societal norms, and, who can’t be held responsible for their conduct and choices.

Ask her how she feel if people broke into her office, trashed it, and threw all her office stuff people had given her into the lake.

Bet you she doesn’t say “People will do what they do.“

It’s a shame she doesn’t have her “grandmother’s earrings”.

BTW, WTF does that even mean?

“The imperial oligarchy wants us fighting amongst each other about race, geography, abortion, gendered bathrooms, sports team names, two hundred year old statues, or any other similar issue they don’t really care about.”

How many unarmed blacks were killed by her father’s regime?

So then we can say “Cops will do what they do” and there won’t be any outrage?
From now on every story of some leftist outrage over the cops should be started with that quote.

She’s a moron, any questions?

BiovizierMantrid | July 10, 2020 at 1:19 pm

We really should ignore this hack and stop talking about her. She thrives on negative energy.

I’m surprised she didn’t say, “some people did something”.

“But I don’t care that much about statues.” I’ll bet we could find several times she voted for or sponsored bills that funded statues. What she doesn’t care that much about is taxpayer’s money or constituent’s interests.