DC Committee Wants Changes to Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Benjamin Franklin Statue

“Hey D.C.—they’re not your monuments to rename or remove,” Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton said in response to the stunning report by a DC Committee. “They’re America’s monuments.”

“We believe strongly that all District of Columbia owned public spaces, facilities and commemorative works should only honor those individuals who exemplified those values such as equity, opportunity and diversity that DC residents hold dear,” the committee’s chairs wrote when they recommended that the city “remove, relocate, or contextualize” famous monuments including the Washington Monument.

Lindsey Graham said: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get crazier….it did.”

“The idea of DC renaming monuments to our Founding Fathers — who created the greatest country on Earth — is beyond offensive. Yet another reason DC should never be a state!”

From Fox News:

A committee reporting to Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has come up with a list of dozens of historical monuments, schools, parks, government buildings and other structures that it recommends making changes to because of the historical namesakes’ connection to slavery or racism — even the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.

Among the historical figures named on the list are former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. The list also includes Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and George Mason, inventor Alexander Graham Bell and composer of the national anthem Francis Scott Key.

Jefferson Field, named for Thomas Jefferson, is among assets the committee recommends “using existing District government processes” to rename. So is Franklin School, named for Benjamin Franklin.

It recommends the Federal government “remove, relocate, or contextualize” several very famous tourist attractions, including the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and the Benjamin Franklin Statue.