The White House turned down calls by a Washington, DC city committee on Tuesday to “remove, relocate, or contextualize” historical statues and monuments, including some of the city’s most iconic tourist attractions.
A working group commissioned by Mayor Muriel Bowser identified dozens of schools, parks, monuments, statues and buildings named for historical figures who they believe represent a depressing or racist story.
The list of historical figures they identified included former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
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Other key American figures were also on the list, such as founding fathers Benjamin Franklin and George Mason, inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell and composer of the national anthem Francis Scott Key.
“With the release of a plan recommending the potential removal of the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue and Jefferson Memorial ̵
“The capital of our nation is rightly filled with myriad markings, monuments and statues to honor and respect the men and women who built this country,” she added.
Bowser hired the District of Columbia Facilities and Memorials (DCFACES) to identify statues and monuments in the country’s capital that “are inconsistent with DC values and in some ways promote or encourage the oppression of African Americans and other color communities contribute to our long history of systemic racism. “
The DC Mayor said she would review and move forward with the committee’s recommendations.
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US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt repeated McEnany’s statement on Twitter on Tuesday, saying, “Not on my watch. That will never happen. “
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“I’m not even sure what relocating the Washington Monument would mean,” wrote White House communications director Alyssa Farah.
Some historical figures, such as Christopher Columbus, Andrew Jackson, and Robert E. Lee, have been under investigation for years over historical injustices committed among Native American and black people in the United States
But new personalities, whom many venerate as respected historical figures, such as first President George Washington, founding father Benjamin Franklin, and constitutional writer James Madison, have also become targets.
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“President Donald J. Trump believes that these places should be preserved and not demolished. respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come, ”McEnany said on Tuesday.
“While President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations are going absolutely nowhere, and as the mayor of our nation’s capital – a city owned by the American people – she should be ashamed of even suggesting consideration,” she added .
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.