Pence says decision on removing Confederate statues should be made locally

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Vice President Pence said the decision to remove Confederate statues should be made at the local level, and panned protesters who have dismantled the monuments themselves.

In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Pence said he “wouldn't begrudge any community or any state to determine what people ought to be remembered and memorialized.”

“Tearing down statues is not protest,” he added of demonstrators who have taken the matter into their own hands. “Engaging in public debate in your community about what appropriate displays are is the American way.”

Pence’s office did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from The Hill.

The remarks come amid a national reckoning over police brutality and the country’s racist history after the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody in May.

Much of the conversation has centered around statues and monuments of Confederate figures, with Democrats and some Republicans saying they should come down.

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