Pelosi on Protesters Tearing Down Statues: ‘People Will Do What They Do’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is sharing her views on whether or not protesters should be tearing down statues. 

During her weekly press conference on Thursday, Pelosi was asked about her views it should be left to communities to decide if controversial statues are removed.

“People will do what they do,” Pelosi said, adding, “I do think that 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.”

She continued:

“I always say to young people … children who come to the Capitol, ‘When you look around, you see statues to people in Washington … monuments and the rest who we respect, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, you know, heroes. They would want us to be talking about the future — your future — so everything we do here is about you. … They would want it to be about looking forward, not looking back.'”

“So let’s just think about what are the values, vision, the perspective that we enshrine … rather than having a big fight about was somebody worth it. We know they’re not worth it if they committed treason against the United States,” she added.

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Pelosi’s comments come as officials across the country are taking a look at statues of historical figures in their communities. In some instances, local leaders have taken action in an effort to take down statues of Confederate leaders.

However, in several cities, protesters have torn down statues of Christoper Columbus. Over the Fourth of July weekend, protesters in Baltimore tore down a statue of Columbus and threw it into the Inner Harbor.

Pelosi has called for the removal of statues of Confederate leaders in the Capitol.

Additionally, she pushed for the removal of portraits of former House speakers from the Capitol — which were subsequently taken down — as IJR reported

While Pelosi did not denounce protesters tearing down statues, President Donald Trump has called for localities to protect them and signed an executive order to protect the monuments.

Additionally, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he would introduce legislation that would cut off funding to states and cities that do not protect statues. 


  1. Nancy, care to comment on the innocent lives lost?

    An 8 yr. old in Atlanta. An 11 yr. old in Chicago. More lost due to everyday black-on-black violence. You and your ilk excuse the loss of innocent lives and entire communities while canonizing criminals who had lengthy police records.

    It’s clear you and the local leaders will not do the hard things , unless people start stacking dead minority bodies at your SF walled-compound or wine country estate.

  2. To paraphrase Bruce Lee, statues don’t hit back.

    There some serious ignorance at play. Care to address that Nancy? People claiming to support BLM have attacked statuse to Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, a famed abolitionist, and even a monument built AND PAID FOR by formely enslaved people.

    Care to comment on the “free for all” destruction wrought by these savages?

  3. THAT settles it!! Both Pelosi and Bozo Biden drink out of the SAME BOTTLE!!!

  4. She’s an empty suit. So maybe people will have to tear down the gates of her million dollar homes and start beating on her doors for her to take these issues seriously. What the hell is wrong with these people?

  5. When those homeless in your district set up in front of your house, we can say “people will do what they do”.

  6. Wow. I think, no I KNOW we will ALL remember this quote when the time comes for President Trump to send out his troops. I fully support him.

  7. Wait til they do it to you, Nancy. We’ll just say, “some people did something”. You are dumber that a box of rocks.

  8. This moronic statement ranks up there with Nancy’s classic “you have to pass it to read it” .

  9. so nancy. “people will do what they will do”? So I can rip the shingles off of your house if three people agree with me to do so?

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