Trump reads list of statues Commission wants to remove from Washington and then throws it away
During a Saturday rally in Michigan, President Donald Trump read a list from the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission recommending to remove or to relocate some statues and monuments and then threw it away.
“From the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission. Recommended the federal government remove, relocate the following: Christopher Columbus statue,” the President said.
As he said that, the crowd started booing. Trump, meanwhile, kept on going through the rest of the list of recommendations.
“Benjamin Franklin statue, Andrew Jackson — great, great general, really good president, a great general,” Trump continued. “Andrew Jackson, the Battle of New Orleans right … They want to take that statue of Andrew Jackson right away.”
And the crowd began cheering when coming down to the end of the list, Trump says:
“OK, here’s the beauty. ‘We want to take down the George Washington memorial’ — the monument — okay. This is the commission, this is what we’re dealing with folks,” Trump said.
The President then shows the list to the crowd and throws it away.
The District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions recently assessed whether statues and memorials in the city should be removed, relocated or “contextualized” if they identify historical figures who participated in “slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Right Act. And that what brought up the list.