Way to go, Pres. Trump! After photo-ops like this: photo-ops like this were a fait fucking accompli: Mitch Landrieu @MayorLandrieu FollowMore This morning we continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence. 2:34 AM - 11 May 2017 from New Orleans, LA "Leadership" befitting our degraded age. Nungesser wants Trump's help keeping Confederate monuments: report Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is worried that three bills aimed at keeping New Orleans' Confederate monuments in place could die a quick death once the Louisiana Legislature opens on Monday (April 10), he told WVUE Fox 8. So Nungesser says he's asking President Donald Trump for some help outside the Capitol, and is also consulting with lawyers from the Louisiana Attorney General's office, the TV station reported. "Some of the lawyers for the state are looking at it to see if the lieutenant governor's office has any grounds. I know a lot of people are hanging their hat on the legislation in Baton Rouge," Nungesser told Fox 8. "My concerns are the committees that those bills are being put in are not favorable committees for those bills to get out of committee and we need to be honest about that." Nungesser's comments come as New Orleans is trying to close a funding gap on the Confederate monument removal project the City Council approved in December 2015. The plan to remove monuments of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate President Jefferson Davis is short some $430,000 after a single bid came in more than three times the cost of the city's $170,000 budget. It's not clear whether the city can accept a bid that is more than three times the size of the budget. The bills Nungesser cites have not yet been referred to committee, but last year similar legislation was sent to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by New Orleans Democrat Karen Carter Peterson. That committee holds a Democratic majority, and the powerful Senate president, Republican John Alario of Westwego, often refers controversial bills there to die a quick death. The bill would face an uphill battle in the Legislature but could gain traction if voters have their say, according to an LSU poll. Chances for a bill in the House -- state Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, has filed a Confederate monuments-related bill there -- are also dim given Carmody's bill last year died in committee. It's unclear what chances a Carmody bill would have on the House floor, which is dominated by Republicans. A second House bill would leave the question of removing Confederate monuments to voters, but that bill has an even more difficult hill to climb. The Louisiana Constitution requires a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate to propose constitutional amendments to voters. While many New Orleanians have voiced support for removing the Confederate monuments, including major voices in the black community who see the monuments as a historic effort to subjugate black people, there has been vocal opposition statewide. In a poll conducted by LSU, Louisiana residents overwhelmingly said they oppose removing Confederate monuments. The bills proposed in the Legislature would apply to localities statewide. Nungesser, who is the former president of Plaquemines Parish, told Fox 8 he's trying to enlist the help of Trump because the president can see a statue similar to the one of Andrew Jackson that was sculpted around the same as New Orleans' and put up in Lafayette Park, which is across the street from the White House. "I wrote him a letter and I asked him to look out your window, look at the statute of Jackson there at the White House because Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square is next in New Orleans if we don't do something," Nungesser said. Good luck, Billy - but don't hold your breath! He's in the Oval Office now, so your usefulness - like Andrew Jackson's - is officially at an end.