Asked by a reporter about the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue in her native Baltimore on July 4, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said the act of vandalism does not "diminish my pride in my Italian-American heritage."
- "I don't care that much about statues," she added, referring to a nationwide spate of monument destruction in the name of fighting racism.
- When pressed on whether statue removal shouldn't be conducted through a formal democratic process rather than by "a mob in the middle of the night," Pelosi said: "People will do what they do."
Pelosi also reiterated her support for removing statues of Confederate "traitors" from the Capitol.
Reporter asking about Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore: "Shouldn't that be done by a commission or the city council, not a mob in the middle of the night throwing it into a harbor?"— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "People will do what they do." pic.twitter.com/mlSUDIBZRv
- Last month, she took down portraits of Confederate former speakers that have long hung in the building.
"It's disappointing that Speaker Pelosi has lost touch with the Baltimore community that her family served," he said on Twitter, alluding to her family's historic role in governing the city.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, A Democrat, on Thursday warned those who toppled the Columbus monument near the city's Little Italy neighborhood that “if we identify them, they will be brought to justice.”
While efforts towards peaceful change are welcome, there is no place in Maryland for lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property. pic.twitter.com/eXNv5qsCUP— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) July 9, 2020