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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to condemn tearing down the St. Junipero Serra statue in San Francisco and calling on her to condemn mob violence:

“I am calling on Speaker Pelosi to show true leadership by breaking her silence. Given that today is the Feast Day of Saint Junipero Serra, her condemnation of mob violence would be especially timely.

“Today should be a day for celebration. Instead, we’ve recently seen a violent leftwing mob tear down the statue of St. Serra in Speaker Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California. The Spanish Embassy quickly condemned this act of vandalism. But for nearly two weeks, the Speaker has remained uncharacteristically silent.

“She has also failed to condemn the destruction of numerous public memorials to American heroes such George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, and the abolitionist Hans Christian Heg. Nor has she condemned the mob’s vicious attacks on a sitting Wisconsin Democrat State Senator, a self-described supporter of the protests.

“Although it would not excuse her weeks-long delay, a clear, sincere, and unequivocal rejection of the mob would go a long way in conveying that lawlessness and violence will be not tolerated by either party. The alternative — continued self-censorship — sends the unacceptable message that the individual second in line for the presidency is either too afraid to critique her leftwing allies or that she condones their lawless behavior.

“It is past time for the Speaker to condemn the leftwing mob’s actions in her district and across the country.”

Background

  • St. Serra was a Catholic missionary who founded the first Spanish missions in California. He was ahead of his time in defending the rights of indigenous people.
  • In 2015, St. Serra was canonized in 2015 when Pope Francis visited Washington, D.C. A statue of him is one of two sent by California to display in the U.S. Capitol. Praying before his statue and celebrating his canonization were Congressional Leadership and the Obama Administration, including then Minority Leader Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Leader McCarthy.