"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., likewise 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 learn from our history. Indigenous people were here long before America's 'discovery,' and they are essential to our future."
Many states across the nation have banned Columbus Day and renamed Oct. 11 Indigenous Peoples Day. President Biden declared the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples' Day on Friday. He originated a separate proclamation of Columbus Day on Monday, pointing to reference the "devastation" and "violence" that western exploration brought to the Americas.
Some critics of the erasing of Columbus Day claim that proponents are unconsciously aligning themselves with the Ku Klux Klan, which vehemently rejected the veneration of the Italian explorer, albeit for racist reasons.
"In the 1920s and 1930s, for example, the white hooded Knights of the Klan jousted with the Knights of Columbus, an organization of Catholic immigrants, by blocking Columbus monuments from the blue hills of Virginia to the rocky coast of Oregon and terrorized Columbus Day celebrations with cross burnings in several places," the New York Daily News reported Monday.
"Columbus Day," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, tweeted.
"Today, we celebrate Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas and the dawn of Western Civilization in the New World. #Columbus Day," wrote Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Pa.
"It's called Columbus Day. Pass it on," the House Republicans' official Twitter account wrote.
Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., further issued a Columbus Day proclamation Monday passing the legacy of Christopher Columbus and maintaining those who "defame" the Italian explorer are attempting to portray the United States and Western culture negatively.
"Christopher Columbus displayed courage, determination, and perseverance when he sailed the ocean blue more than 500 years ago," DeSantis tweeted along with a copy of his proclamation. "Happy Columbus Day!"