Liberals across this fruited plain have targeted Confederate statues as symbols of white supremacy, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is no exception. She’s said that all Confederate memorials need to be taken out of the U.S. Capitol — and if Republicans don’t comply, they’re bigots.
“The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible,” Pelosi said last week, according to The New York Times. “If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.”
Of course, between January of 2007 and January of 2011, Nancy Pelosi was in the position that Speaker Ryan is in — and yet curiously, even though the statues “have always been reprehensible,” Pelosi made no move to have them taken down. Nor, in fact, did she do anything during the entire eight years of the Obama administration or the first few months of the Trump administration. It was only when Charlottesville allowed the Democrats to turn tragedy into political hay did Pelosi suddenly start caring.
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But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about her father first.
Her father, you may ask? Yes, it may be hard to remember, given that Pelosi has been around politics so long that we forget she had political forebears. Her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was the 39th mayor of Baltimore between 1947 and 1959.
There are plenty of statues in Baltimore, memorializing everyone from the absinthe-soaked muse of Charm City, Edgar Allen Poe, to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. There were also several statues to Confederate figures in the city — notably, one that shows both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on horseback. That statue was removed by Catherine Pugh, Baltimore’s current mayor, who said the removal was “in the best interest of my city” after Charlottesville.
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