Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to the Joint Library Committee calling for the removal of 11 Confederate statues from the Capitol building. The letter was sent to the Joint Library Committee on Thursday, June 11, ABC News reported.
“While I believe it is critical that we never forget our history, I also believe that there is no room in the holy halls of the U.S. Capitol or venues of honor for violent fanaticism by Confederate men,” the appeal said.
According to Pelosi, the statues in the congressional building should represent the highest ideals of Americans, while the current ones only insult them.
In 2017, the speaker has already advocated for the removal of the sculptures after the events in Charlottesville, where there were clashes between ultra-right radicals and their opponents because of the decision of the authorities to dismantle the statue of General Robert Lee.
Then U.S. President Donald Trump strongly condemned the idea of demolition of monuments to the confederates and called for respect for the country’s history.