McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) should condemn protesters after a statue of St. Junipero Serra was torn down in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

“Given that today is the Feast Day of Saint Junipero Serra, her condemnation of mob violence would be especially timely,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Today should be a day for celebration. Instead, we’ve recently seen a violent leftwing mob tear down the statue of St. Serra in Speaker Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California."

A statue of Serra, an 18th century Franciscan priest who was canonized by Pope FrancisPope FrancisItaly commemorates one-year anniversary of its first known COVID-19 case Vatican says workers refusing vaccines may be fired Pope's council on capitalism should instead address corrupt governments MORE in 2015, was pulled down by protesters on June 19, along with statues of Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant. A statue of Miguel de Cervantes was spray painted that same day.


Serra founded missions in California and is viewed by many indigenous people as colonizer who contributed to the destruction of Native American culture.

McCarthy went on to accuse Pelosi of “self-censorship.”

“Although it would not excuse her weeks-long delay, a clear, sincere, and unequivocal rejection of the mob would go a long way in conveying that lawlessness and violence will be not tolerated by either party. The alternative --- continued self-censorship --- sends the unacceptable message that the individual second in line for the presidency is either too afraid to critique her leftwing allies or that she condones their lawless behavior,” McCarthy added.

Pelosi’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, have led to a debate over whether statues of controversial historic figures including Confederate generals and Christopher Columbus should remain in place.

Republicans have largely been opposed to the removal or renaming of such statues.

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE recently signed an executive order aimed at protecting monuments and statues from vandalism, tweeting that those who deface statues could face an “excess of a 10 year prison term.”