Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) plans to introduce a bill to remove statues from the United States Capitol honoring Confederate figures despite President Donald Trump arguing that removing them uproots American “culture” and history.
There are at least 10 Confederate statues in the Capitol, distributed between the Capitol Visitor Center and other locations, most notably Statuary Hall, where each state chooses two statues to be on display.
Booker said in a statement to CNN that having to see Confederate statues in a position of honor in a place as public as the Capitol can be “painful.”
“The Capitol is a place for all Americans to come and feel welcomed, encouraged, and inspired,” he said. “Confederate statues do the opposite.”
“Individuals who were treasonous to the United States, who took up arms against their own country, and inflicted catastrophic death and suffering among US citizens, should not be afforded such a rare honor in this sacred space,” Booker said. “These statues belong in a museum, where they are put in the proper historical context.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have also called for the monuments to be removed from the Capitol.