WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in on the toppling of Baltimore’s Christopher Columbus statue on the Fourth of July, saying at a news conference Thursday that, “if the community doesn’t want the statue there, the statue shouldn’t be there.”

The Baltimore native said the statue’s removal doesn’t diminish her pride in her Italian American heritage, adding she doesn’t care much about statues.

“I’m more interested in what people have accomplished,” she said. “I think that it’s up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see.”

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When asked whether the Columbus statue should have been ordered to be removed by the city council instead of taken down by protesters, she said that from a safety standpoint it would be a good idea but said communities should debate the values they want to publicly display.

“People will do what they do,” Pelosi said of the protesters.

She also renewed her call for statues of Confederates to be removed from the nation’s capitol building.

“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 Congress… of the halls of Congress,” she said.

The Italian community in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood has vowed to rebuild the statue, which was dedicated in 1984.

Gov. Hogan responded to Pelosi’s comments. The governor Tweeted that, “It’s disappointing that Speaker Pelosi has lost touch with the Baltimore community that her family served.”

The governor went onto say, “While efforts towards peaceful change are welcome, there is no place in Maryland for lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property.”

 

At a news conference Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the city will not tolerate the destruction of property.

“You just cannot erase history,” the mayor said. “For those who want to destroy property and things of that nature, it’s not going to be tolerated.”

Young added once police identify those responsible, they will be held accountable.

In the wake of the statue’s removal, state Delegate Nino Mangione pre-filed legislation that would punish people who destroy statues or monuments with up to 10 years in prison and a fine.

Rachel Menitoff

Comments (13)
  1. King Julian says:

    i thought she was a statue. looks like at least.

  2. Frank says:

    Pelosi should focus on her dump of a state california before she even considers talking about anyone else’s city.

  3. chrissfarmer says:

    Gee, very mature to make fun of how someone looks. Pelosi is from Baltimore, her father was Mayor. Like all of us, she has freedom of speech. If you can talk about California, she can talk about Baltimore, her home town.

    Speaker Pelosi is an Italian American and a native of Baltimore, so she is certainly entitled to her opinion. History can not be erased, but statues can be removed. They are not history, they merely honor people from it. Nowadays most people think honoring a slave trader who never set foot in the USA is not appropriate. The sins Columbus committed will always be there. If the majority of taxpayers who fund public property, such as that park, want one removed, it should be. If the Italian American community wants to put up statues of Columbus on private property, they can. The Italian American community can select a better person to honor, one who did something positive for this country. That might be a good project for school kids, to come up with a list of Italian Americans who contributed to this country in a positive way.

    1. Bud says:

      We know she comes from a long lone of crooks and corruption…

  4. Bill Smiths says:

    The Italian community paid for and want it, therefore it should be put back.

  5. Kingfish says:

    Pelosi the crypt keeper is a typical useless democrat, they are for destroying American values and liberty’s! Just look at the decaying violent wasteland they turned Baltimore into! Back under your rock Nancy…Plagues on our civil society and despicable human beings every last one of them!

  6. chrissfarmer says:

    The land it was on is public property, not private property. That park does not belong to the “Italian Community”, it belongs to the city. Taxpayers pay for the upkeep, not Little Italy. They should have been told to move their statue off land the taxpayers own and place it on private property. Taxpayers should NOT have to pay for statues glorifying slave owners and slave dealers if the majority of them think it is inappropriate. Slavery is not an “American value”, it was outlawed in 1863.

    The comments from the pro racists here (sock puppets) are amusing and very indicative of your lack of literacy. You were entitled to twelve or more years of free education, yet you did not take advantage of it and learn how to write English properly. Why? I know, GOP’s hate education, because the more of it you have, the less likely you are to vote for them.

    Speaker Pelosi is entitled to her opinion, the same as all of us. She is also a member of the Italian-American community. She represents California in Congress. If Little Italy wants to pay to repair the statue and then display it on private property or donate it to a museum that wants it, that would be great! They said they contracted security guards at their expense to protect it, but apparently that was not true. You leave your stuff lying around in a public park at night, something might happen to it.

  7. Bill Smiths says:

    I love how these bata-male get their feelings hurt so easy and have to resort to childish insults. No doubt you were brought in a fatherless home because you act just like a female, wanting to argue and bicker. You keep on BROTHER sipping from that white liberal crack cup.

  8. Olefart says:

    Hey smith– if you are gonna criticize someone for childish insults you probably should not hurl them yourself-you come off even dumber. Know what a hypocrite is? Probably not No point in you trying to argue w/ someone obviously educated who makes sense.

    I agree w/ pelosi if people don’t want it get rid of it. Trumpers are nuts the country is in ruins high crime double digit unemployment and disease running rampant and Trump is so stupid & delusionsl all he is worried about is his image, getting reelected and playing golf. We have never had a worst so called president

  9. G. COYLE says:

    A PACK OF HOLDLUMS DON’T REPRESENT THE INTIRE POPLUTION OF THE CITY. PELOSIS SHOULD KNOW THIS MUCH.

  10. C jackson says:

    She should not havesaid people have the right to do what they want,RIOT,VANDALISM,KILLINGS.Is that what she thinks,She is crazy.People do not have the right to destroy,They have the right to speak their minds and think.It was not the community that wanted it down,Just a bunch of people destroying what they want.

  11. Bill Smiths says:

    Mmmmm—-that’s right keep on sipping the white liberal’s poison nectar, go ahead drink every last drop, just like he told you/

  12. John Locke says:

    There’s your Democrat leadership for you : Condoning criminal behavior as long as the criminals appear to vote Democrat. If you want to know why there is partisan rancor, look no further. How can you respect high level leadership who encourage criminal behavior. It’s outrageous that this vile human holds a job of dog catcher let alone House Speaker.

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