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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of 116 Americans who’ve held the position over the course of the country’s history, decided unilaterally Thursday to order the removal of four portraits from the U.S. Capitol depicting former House speakers.
Why? Because the former House speakers featured in the portraits — 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 to 1895) — had allegedly “served in the Confederacy.”
Or so Pelosi claimed in a letter submitted early Thursday to House Clerk Cheryl Johnson.
“As I have said before, the halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. There is no room in the hallowed halls of Congress or in any place of honor for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy,” the letter reads.
“We cannot honor men such as James Orr, who swore on the House Floor to ‘preserve and perpetuate’ slavery in order to ‘enjoy our property in peace, quiet and security,’ or Robert Hunter, who served at nearly every level of the Confederacy, including in the Confederate Provincial Congress, as Confederate Secretary of State, in the Confederate Senate and in the Confederate Army. The portraits of these men are symbols that set back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry.”
View the letter below:
During a press conference later that afternoon, Pelosi explained why she was only just now ordering the removal of the portraits.
She said she hadn’t known about the four former speakers’ Confederate ties “until we were taking inventory of the statues and the curator told us that there were four paintings of speakers in the Capitol of the United States, four speakers who served the Confederacy.”
“So tomorrow, Juneteenth, the clerk will oversee removal of those Confederate speakers from the House,” she added.
So @SpeakerPelosi just ordered the removal of confederate portraits within the US Capitol.
She’s only been there since 1987.https://t.co/gtrZBbBV8r
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) June 19, 2020
But for reasons that remain unclear, Johnson’s team wound up removing the portraits later Thursday evening. Whoops.
The gold-framed portraits of four former Speakers of the House of Representatives who shared ties to the Confederacy have been removed from the walls of the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/tMHp1EEcOO pic.twitter.com/oTCsQl4d6k
— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2020
The move provoked widespread exasperation from conservatives already peeved over the left’s growing push to erase American history.
As it stands, there appears to be no other country on Earth more hellbent on self-destruction. The worst part of it is that this self-destruction is being allowed to happen.
Just imagine how the people of India would react if a group of left-wing rabble-rousers chose to demolish the Taj Mahal because of their county’s own history of slavery? In fact, unlike the United States, India still boasts slavery.
“India has 18 million modern slaves—at least five times more than any other country in the world,” Quartz reported in 2018.
Despite this, there have been no movements within India to erase its own history, perhaps because India’s universities aren’t brimming with Marxist radicals who’ve indoctrinated kids into hating their own country.
If the history of America hurts your feels so much you want to erase it… move to another country. Really.
You’ll quickly find out a) ALL of history was violent and messed up.
b) you’re an idiot. https://t.co/nVMd7rCjs5
— Nicole Arbour (@NicoleArbour) June 19, 2020
Writing for The Resurgent on Thursday, conservative commentator Peter Heck noted that “college campus culture has become little more than a radicalizing agent seemingly designed for the sole purpose of deprogramming its clientele of any appreciation or respect for the history, heritage, accomplishments, and values of Western society.”
If Pelosi’s actions aren’t proof of his theory, try this:
Antifa rioters on Sandy Blvd. in Portland draped a US flag over a George Washington statue & set it on fire. They then toppled the statue. “Genocidal colonist” & “f— cops” are sprayed on monument. Rioters have began to build another autonomous zone nearby. pic.twitter.com/TrZkhPK9zp
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 19, 2020
Of course, there’s a difference between a group of ragtag left-wing rioters erasing American history and an elected member of the U.S. Congress doing it.
There was a certain irony to Pelosi’s move, though. As noted by a few critics, all of the men whose portraits she had removed were Democrats with a capital D.
Nancy Pelosi had portraits of confederate leaders removed from the US Capitol.
She’s literally getting rid of Democrats.
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) June 19, 2020
There was also hypocrisy, because if Pelosi were truly about eradicating remnants of racism from the halls of Congress, she’d be as equally interested in removing the portrait of former Sen. Robert Byrd:
How about your buddy, KKK leader Robert Byrd? https://t.co/8DmX8YVyOX
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 18, 2020
Nancy Pelosi just removed portraits of House Speakers who sided with the Confederacy
I wonder if she also plans on removing portraits of Robert Byrd—prolific Democrat Senator and proud KKK leader?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 18, 2020
According to reports, what happened Thursday may only be the beginning.
Both House Democrats and Senate Democrats have reportedly introduced legislation that would prohibit statues of those “who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America” to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol’s National Sanctuary Hill.
It’s not clear if and when this push to erase history will end.
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
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