Democrats are doing their absolute best to erase parts of history.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ordered the removal of portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy as part of an effort to “appropriately observe Juneteenth” on Friday.
During a press conference, the California Democrat said she discovered the four portraits while looking over the inventory in the U.S. Capitol of Confederate statues.
Pelosi has also called for Confederate statues to be removed from the Capitol, but she can’t unilaterally remove them on her own.
“Tomorrow, Juneteenth, the clerk will oversee the removal of those Confederate speakers from the House,” Pelosi announced at a press conference. “There’s no room in the hallowed halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy, to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.”
Ahead of tomorrow’s #Juneteenth observances, the portraits of four previous Speakers who served in the Confederacy have been removed from the walls of the U.S. Capitol under the supervision of House Clerk Cheryl Johnson. pic.twitter.com/8GpnHLVs9X
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 18, 2020
Pelosi also sent a letter to the House Clerk Cheryl Johnson requesting the removal of four previous House Speakers to honor Juneteenth, which is observed June 19 and commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.
“To appropriately observe Juneteenth this year, I write today to request the immediate removal of the portraits in the U.S. Capitol of four previous Speakers who served in the Confederacy: Robert Hunter of Virginia (1839-1841), Howell Cobb of Georgia (1849-1851), James Orr of South Carolina (1857-1859), and Charles Crisp of Georgia (1891-1895),” Pelosi wrote to the Johnson.
“The portraits of these men are symbols that set back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry,” she added.
“Very sadly, this day comes during a moment of extraordinary national anguish, as we grieve for the hundreds of black Americans killed by racial injustice and police brutality, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others,” she wrote.
The action is the latest effort by Pelosi to rid the Capitol of relics that celebrate Confederate icons.
Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie took to Twitter to question how far Democrats are willing to take all of this “cancel culture” and renaming everything that may or may not be racist.
Where does all this end? Renaming “Washington” DC?
And by the way, what a misleading headline!
“Pelosi orders removal of four portraits of Confederate House speakers from Capitol”
They were Speakers of the House for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.https://t.co/jPae7IGGa7
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 18, 2020
Pelosi is also trying to remove 11 Confederate statues from the Capitol but needs others to sign off.
However, Pelosi does have the power to move statues around and she’s open to relegating the statues to dark corners of the Capitol if she can’t get them removed.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump blew by Congress and actually took a major action that should have an immediate impact.
While many Democrats are pushing to “defund the police” and want to make their own “changes” to police, the president signed an executive order on Tuesday on law enforcement reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
The president signed the executive order at an event titled, “Safe Policing for Safe Communities.”
This comes as several Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists, and left-wing groups are ramming ahead with calls to “defund the police.”