Dem Rep. Velázquez calls Christopher Columbus 'genocidal maniac' on his holiday
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Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., slammed Christopher Columbus as a "genocidal maniac" on his holiday Monday as progressives continue their push for the federal holiday to be officially replaced with Indigenous Peoples Day.
"Today should just be #IndigenousPeopleDay," Velázquez tweeted. "And yet this day is still shared with a genocidal maniac.


"We need to take this time to reflect on the brutal history of violence against Indigenous peoples in America and recognize that there is still a lot of work to repair this harm."

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., similarly tweeted: "Millions of indigenous people lost their lives during the genocide committed against them in the Americas. Today we pause in solemn recognition of this human tragedy. And recommit to uplift the original occupants of this land."

"On #IndigenousPeoplesDay," Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., tweeted, "I hope folks use this time to reflect and…
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