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Maryland Governor Hogan Rips Pelosi For Statue Comments, Says She’s ‘Lost Touch With The Baltimore Community’

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over her refusal to criticize those who tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore, the city where both her father and brother served as mayor in the mid-1900’s.

Pelosi, when asked Thursday about the tearing down of the statue on July 4, said that she supported the removal of statues of those who served the Confederacy and mentioned that she “doesn’t care much about statues.”

She added that the tearing down of the statue “doesn’t diminish my pride in my Italian-American heritage” and that “people will do what they do. I do think from a safety standpoint it would be a good idea to have it taken down if the community doesn’t want it. I don’t know that it has to be a commission, but it just could be a community view.”

“It’s disappointing that Speaker Pelosi has lost touch with the Baltimore community that her family served,” he said in a statement. “While efforts towards peaceful change are welcome, there is no place in Maryland for lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property. Our state and our nation need room for more constructive dialogue, not destruction. We will not let mobs ‘do what they do.’ They do not represent Baltimore.”

The comments from Hogan on Thursday continued his theme of railing against those seeking to remove public displays, in this case the rioters who tore down the Columbus statue and threw it into the city’s inner harbor, an action he called “the antithesis of democracy.”

“While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property is completely unacceptable,” Hogan said on Sunday. “That is… (Read more)

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