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White House Rejects Proposal to Rename, Remove, or Contextualize Historical Washington Monuments

The Trump administration has unequivocally rejected a Washington committees series of recommendations regarding how to “rename, remove, or contextualize” dozens of monuments, schools, parks, and buildings in the area, among which are the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement late Sept. 1 that as long as President Donald Trump is in the White House, the recommendations from Washington Mayor Muriel Bowsers office “will go absolutely nowhere.”

“As the mayor of our Nations capital city—a city that belongs to the American people—she ought to be ashamed for even suggesting them for consideration,” McEnany said.

Deputy press secretary Judd Deere weighed in on Twitter, asking rhetorically whether Bowsers Twitter page was a parody account. “Thank God [President Trump] would never consider such an idea,” he wrote.

Potentially removing the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial?

This is a parody account, right?

Thank God @realDonaldTrump would never consider such an idea. https://t.co/i1BFMbkIrt pic.twitter.com/hmGJiDTMV7

— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) September 1, 2020

The committee, District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES), is recommending that Bowser use her powers on the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to advocate to “remove, relocate, or contextualize” nine national monuments:

  • Columbus Fountain
  • Benjamin Franklin Statue
  • Andrew Jackson Statue
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • George Mason Memorial
  • Newlands Memorial Fountain
  • Albert Pike Statue
  • Washington Monument
  • George Washington Statue

Such monuments are outside of the purview of the Washington government and therefore cant be directly acted upon by Bowser.

Bowser had formed the DCFACES working group amid nationwide protests in which participants have been rallying against police brutality and systemic racial inequities. The group released a 24-page executive summary (pdf) on Sept. 1.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser attends a press conference in Washington on June 10, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“Mayor Bowser charged [DCFACES] with evaluating named DC Government-owned facilities and make recommendations as to what, if any, actions need to be taken if the person the facility is named for is inconsistent with DC values and in some way encouraged the oppression of African Americans and other communities of color or contributed to our long history of systemic racism,” the groups website reads.

In its summary, the group says its “decision-making prism” focused on “key disqualifying histories, including participation in slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Rights Act.”

The White House statement from McEnany accused Bowser of “repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our great heritage,” noting that the working groups plan recommends potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson Memorial, and contains “many other ludicrous recommendations.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks at the White House on Aug. 31, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

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