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Wed Sep 2, 2020, 01:02 PM

Statement from Kayleigh McEnany; September 1, 2020


Statement from the Press Secretary

Issued on: September 1, 2020

By publishing a plan that recommends potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson Memorial—among many other ludicrous recommendations—the radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C., is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our great heritage. Our Nation’s capital is rightly filled with countless markers, memorials, and statues to honor and respect the men and women who built this country. President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come. As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere, and as the mayor of our Nation’s capital city—a city that belongs to the American people—she ought to be ashamed for even suggesting them for consideration.

Here's what they really said:

SEP 1, 4:23 PM

Dozens Of D.C. Sites Could Get Renamed Or Removed Due To Ties With Slavery And Racism
Colleen Grablick

Updated on Sept. 2 at 7:50 a.m.

A new D.C. committee recommended renaming, removing, or contextualizing more than 50 different government-owned spaces in the city, after studying the history of racism and oppression behind the namesakes.

The working group, known as DCFACES (District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions), was commissioned by Mayor Muriel Bowser and began meeting in July. It identified figures like Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, Ben Franklin, and George Washington as problematic candidates for public-works dedications.

Following harsh criticism from various conservative figures and the White House, on Tuesday evening the Bowser administration removed recommendations related to eight federal sites from the end of the report linked on the city’s website, shrinking it from 24 pages to 23.

“Mayor Bowser has asked the [committee] to clarify and refine their recommendations to focus on local DC,” mayoral spokesperson LaToya Foster said in an email to the Washington Post, adding that Bowser wanted to avoid confusion over the recommendation for federal monuments, which was “contextualizing, not removing.”


On Twitter, some right-leaning voices opposed the recommendation, and in some cases mischaracterized the news and suggested Bowser wants to remove sites like the Washington Monument.


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