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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRichmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Drastic cuts proposed to Medicare would hurt health care quality MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 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 FrancisChina dismisses pope's comments about 'persecuted' Uighurs Pope Francis supports NBA players' work to promote social justice Pope Francis in new book criticizes anti-lockdown protesters 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 John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race 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.”