McCarthy Introduces Protect America’s Statues Act of 2020

The fallen Christopher Columbus statue outside the Minnesota State Capitol after a group led by American Indian Movement members tore it down in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 10, 2020.

By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy has had enough. On Thursday, July 16, he spoke to KGET about his feelings on mobs tearing down history. He painfully watched many important historical statues being torn down before his eyes and a piece of history being lost forever.

“Public monuments are indispensable because they tell the American story. It is wrong to erase our history,” McCarthy said in a statement, saying: “We should be learning from it.”

“There is a process for any statue to be removed. It is not the right of a mob to overtake a city or overtake statues,” McCarthy said. The Protect Americas Statues Act of 2020 is aimed to protect statues, monuments, and memorials by preventing state and local governments that do not protect monuments from receiving federal grants.

President Trump has been avid about protecting the monuments and punishing vandals after the incidents involving the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the statue of Andrew Jackson.

Many seem to agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who commented that mob rule as ‘people will do what they do,’ as if that absolves them of their failure to follow the law. Pelosi recently declined to admonish protesters in her native city of Baltimore who pulled down a statue of
Christopher Columbus and then tossed the monument into the city’s Inner Harbor. “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,” said Pelosi.