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Nancy Pelosi really should have looked into her family history on confederate statues

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to comment on a discovery from Fox News that her father had dedicated a confederate statue when he was the mayor of Baltimore, in seeming contrast to her vehement opposition to such monuments today. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been vehement in her opposition to the display of confederate statues, but she really should have looked into her own family history about it before speaking up.

According to Fox News, her own father helped dedicate a confederate monument.

In 1948, Pelosi's father Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. spoke at a ceremony honoring confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson with a monument. D'Alesandro was the mayor of Baltimore at the time, and in attendance was then-Governor William Preston Lane Jr., showing how uncontroversial the act was.

Fox News said they discovered a Baltimore Sun article from the event, which was held May 2, 1948

“Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions,” D’Alesandro said during the ceremony.

“We must remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves, but for the other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations," he added.

Fox News says Pelosi's office did not respond to their request for a comment about the discovery.

She was more vocal about removing confederate statues the previous week. “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible,” Pelosi said. “If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker [Paul] Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.”

The controversy over confederate statues flared up again after man with white supremacist ties rammed into counter-protesters at Charlottesville, Virginia, over a Robert E. Lee statue. Later the Charlottesville city council voted to drape black cloth over the statues after a very contentious public meeting where 3 were arrested.

Defenders of the statues say they represent history, not hatred or racism, as many allege.

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