In the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville following a white nationalist demonstration protesting the planned removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's statue, New York City Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 90-day review of statues that might be deemed inappropriate.
As a part of the city sweep, the statue of Christopher Columbus prominently serving as a beacon at the center of Columbus Circle is being eyeballed.
GOP mayoral nominee Malliotakis insisted that "Columbus should stay" during a press conference on Wednesday.
She should've stopped there.
The mayoral hopeful went on to tell reporters that "Even Christopher Columbus, the founder of our nation, is under attack."
The Italian explorer is mostly hailed for spearheading the exploration of the Americas, but historians have long argued that he's never actually set foot on North American soil.
The ambitious navigator is criticized for enslaving indigenous inhabitants after arriving in the Bahamas on October 12.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said on Monday that the history of the controversial figure, particularly in the Caribbean, should be considered for the Commission's review.
"I know some people may take offense to that but for many of us that come from the Caribbean islands, we see him as a controversial figure," she said.
Malliotakis retracted her initial lapse and backpeddled with 45's favorite hashtag.
The fallout on Twitter was instant, and Malliotakis's indiscretion was called out.
When asked if the removal of Columbus from his plinth was confirmed, he noted that these were "complex issues," necessitating the need for a commission.
"I think the important thing to do is let that commission get going, let them take every nomination — if you will — from everyday New Yorkers, from elected officials, activists, look at the whole picture and come back with a plan," he said on Tuesday.
The presumptive mayoral nominee denounced de Blasio, saying, “I don't think the mayor thought this through. I think he just wanted to issue a press release. What he has done now has caused tremendous division in our city, which is going to get worse.”