NYC mayor considers taking down Christopher Columbus statue
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled Wednesday that he may order the removal of the city's statue of Christopher Columbus after his administration completes a review, CBS News reported.

De Blasio announced last week that his administration would conduct a 90-day review of "all symbols of hate" on city property.

That review includes the statue of Columbus, the 15th- century Italian explorer who made multiple voyages to the Americas. 

During the city's Democratic mayoral debate Wednesday night, de Blasio, who is up for reelection in November, said that "we have to look at everything" in determining whether to take the statue down.

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News of the review follows violence earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups were protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The violence reignited a national debate over whether to remove Confederate and other controversial statues from public spaces. 

Spurred by the events in Charlottesville, Baltimore's mayor ordered the quiet removal of the city's Confederate statues last week. And at Duke University, a statue of Lee was removed after it was vandalized.  

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE chimed into the debate last week, arguing that those who advocate for taking down such statues are trying to erase history and that doing could lead to the desecration of other historical figures, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.