McConnell: Kentucky should consider moving Jefferson Davis statue

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell says 'no concerns' after questions about health Overnight Health Care: Trump says he hopes Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare | FDA approves remdesivir as COVID-19 treatment | Dems threaten to subpoena HHS over allegations of political interference at CDC The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Kentucky should consider moving a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis currently housed in the state's Capitol.

"We curiously enough have a statue of Jefferson Davis in the Capitol in Frankfort," McConnell said. "I think it's appropriate certainly in Kentucky to be talking about the appropriateness of having Jefferson Davis' statue in our state Capitol."


The Republican leader's comments come after Kentucky GOP gubernatorial hopeful Matt Bevin backed removing Davis from the statehouse.

McConnell added that "maybe the better place for that would be the Kentucky history museum, which is also in the state Capitol."

A statue of Davis and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens are also at the U.S. Capitol. States are allowed to submit statues of any two people to represent their state. 

Asked about statues within the U.S. Capitol, McConnell said: "I'm not aware of what we have and don't have." 

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Nev.) also weighed in, saying that "we need to make sure that states understand who they have here." 

"I think it would be important that we look at some of the statues that are here not as a result of what the states do, but what others do, and we're going to take a look at that," the Democratic leader added. 

Reid pointed to one of Nevada's statues in the Capitol, former U.S. Sen. Pat McCarran, who has been associated with McCarthyism in the 1950s.

"I think he should be put out to pasture someplace," he said.

The comments come after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, backed removing the Confederate flag from the state's Capitol grounds in the wake of a shooting at a historically black church. 

In pictures released after the shooting, alleged shooter Dylann Storm Roof can be seen posing with the Confederate flag. He reportedly told police that he wanted to start a race war.