House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who on Wednesday demanded the removal of Confederate statues occupying the U.S. Capitol, has remained silent on her father’s role in overseeing the dedication of the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument while serving as Baltimore’s mayor in 1948.
“As I have said before, the halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” Pelosi said in her letter to Committee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Vice Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).
Pelosi's own father had different thoughts on the significance of Confederate statues, though: “World Wars I and II found the North and South fighting for a common cause, and the generalship and military science displayed by these two great men in the War between the States lived on and were applied in the military plans of our nation in Europe and the Pacific areas,” Pelosi's father, Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., said at the dedication ceremony, as detailed by the Baltimore Sun. He continued:
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 … remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves, but for other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations.
Nancy Pelosi's father helped dedicate Confederate monument https://t.co/E0RwYYB5HW— Tommy (@LendabarkerT) June 10, 2020
Pelosi demands 11 Confederate statues are removed from Capitol Hill https://t.co/TXfJJY78R9 via @MailOnline— Bigelow942 (@bigelow942) June 12, 2020
What a Hypocrite, her Mayor Father of Baltimore dedicated the statue of General Robert E. Lee..Maybe her DRUNK ass should be topple..
Democrats removing their own statues, hiding their history. In 1948, Nancy Pelosi’s father, the late Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., as Baltimore mayor, spoke at the dedication of a monument to honor Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.https://t.co/pZHJaKRH9t— E pluribus unum #VoteFreedom 🇺🇸 (@Metalworks4) June 10, 2020
Read Speaker Pelosi's full letter to Joint Committee on the LIbrary Chairman Blunt and Vice Chairperson Lofgren below.