House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, on Thursday joined a number of fellow Democrats in calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the United States Capitol.
Pelosi labeled the monuments a “reprehensible” symbol of racism, and urged Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, and other GOP leaders to support the effort to rid the Capitol of the statues.
“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi said via a statement.
The Speaker’s office responded, reminding Pelosi that states, not the Congress, decide what should be placed in the Capitol.
“These are decisions for those states to make,” said Doug Andres, a spokesperson for Ryan.