House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to condemn a mob in Baltimore, Maryland, for destroying a statue of Christopher Columbus. But while she might not have been bothered, Vice President Mike Pence was — and he made that clear in a recent interview with Breitbart.
According to the conservative outlet, Pence suggested that Pelosi’s remarks are just further evidence of her “surrender to the mob.”
“It is unacceptable”
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore statue was torn down on Independence Day and thrown into the city’s inner harbor. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, a Democrat, threatened to prosecute those responsible for the vandalism.
“We support peaceful protest,” Young told the Baltimore Sun. “This is not a peaceful protest. It is unacceptable.”
Earlier this week, a reporter approached Pelosi on the subject, suggesting that the removal of monuments should “be done by a commission or the city council, not a mob in the middle of the night throwing it into the harbor.”
As Breitbart reported, Pelosi simply replied that “people will do what they do.”
“Burning churches is not free speech”
Pence, for his part, did not share Pelosi’s apparently nonchalant attitude, calling her response “unconscionable” and asserting that there is no excuse for such destruction of public property.
“Tearing down monuments is not protests,” the vice president reportedly told Breitbart. “Burning churches is not free speech. To have the Speaker of the House tacitly affirm the rule of the mob is unconscionable.”
He went on to characterize Pelosi’s reaction as “a surrender to the mob,” promising that Americans will not stand for such lawlessness.
“The American people know the foundation of our prosperity is law and order and the rule of law,” Pence said, as Breitbart reported. “We’re going to continue to stand strong for the rule of law against the rule of the mob.”
The remarks echo President Donald Trump’s previous statements decrying the vandalism and destruction of historical monuments as well as an executive order signed late last month directing the U.S. Department of Justice “to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States or otherwise vandalizes government property.”
Along with a new initiative aimed at combatting “the sudden surge of violent crime” in recent weeks, the Trump administration continues to make it clear that peaceful protests will not be permitted to devolve into chaos on the nation’s streets.