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Capitol's Confederate Cleansing Poses Difficult Decisions for Democrats

Capitol's Confederate Cleansing Poses Difficult Decisions for Democrats

Cleansing the Capitol of blemishes of American history could be a hard task.

As Democratic leaders threw their support Thursday behind a proposal to take down any statue connected with the Confederacy, President Trump wondered where they would draw the line.

Sen. Cory A. Booker, the New Jersey Democrat who called for culling the Confederacy, did not say what should be done about Richard Stockton, a slave owner who is one of his state’s contributions to the Capitol Collection.

Nor did Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s office respond to a question about whether his office should be renamed from the Robert C. Byrd Rooms — as homage to one of his predecessors as the Democratic leader, who was at one time a KKK member.

At least a quarter of the 100 state statues that are part of what is known as the Statuary Hall collection commemorate slave owners. Others were major figures in the segregation movement. One actively sold Indians into slavery. Others were implicated in Indians’ forced conversion to Christianity.

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