Awkward: Pelosi's Father Once Dedicated Statue to Robert E. Lee

"We can look for inspiration to the lives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson."

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of all Confederate statues in Congress, calling them a "reprehensible" reminder of this nation's racist past. It turns out, however, that Pelosi has a strange kinship with Confederate statues because her father once dedicated one to Robert E. Lee. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi woke up from her 30-year slumber last week and suddenly decided to be outraged by the Confederate statues standing in the halls of Congress. She finds them “reprehensible” and is demanding House Speaker Paul Ryan have them removed.

Red Alert Politics reports that "Pelosi’s father, Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., spoke as the mayor at the dedication of a monument to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in 1948."

In a statement commemorating the statues, Pelosi's dad also called the two generals an "inspiration."

“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, Jr. said.

According to the Baltimore Sun, “The Lee-Jackson statue was erected in 1948 after a $100,000 donation from Baltimorean J. Henry Ferguson. Ferguson’s father was a friend of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.”

The statues that Pelosi's father dedicated were taken down last week by Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh.