Like many Democrats, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi has long insisted that women who lodge accusations of sexual assault should be believed without further scrutiny.
But a new book alleges that the House speaker applies a much different standard when it’s a member of her family who stands accused.
“Lessons of power”
According to Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle, USA Today reporter Susan Page recently penned a book on the long-time legislator entitled Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.
In it, Page reportedly reviewed allegations of gang rape that the speaker’s late brother, Franklin Delano Roosevelt D’Alesandro, faced in 1953, while his father was serving as mayor of Baltimore, Maryland.
Known to his friends and family as “Roosie,” D’Alesandro was allegedly part of a group of 14 men who were said to have sexually assaulted two girls, aged 13 and 11, Boyle reported.
According to Page’s book, one of the victims identified D’Alesandro in a police lineup as a man she had heard referred to by her other attackers as “Rudy,” but she said that he “seemed taller in the apartment than he did in the lineup.”
D’Alesandro was subsequently arrested and charged for his alleged role in the crime, but would later be the only defendant to get an acquittal. Page noted in her book that before sending the jury to deliberate, the judge in the case took the unusual step of telling jurors that he personally felt that D’Alesandro was innocent.
“Never any question”
It’s a sentiment that Nancy Pelosi shared, telling Page, “We loved him and trusted him, and it was never any question” that he was innocent.
In his Breitbart article, Boyle pointed out that those words were a far cry from how Pelosi responded in 2018 to similar allegations lodged, with little evidence, against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“Courageous women risked their safety and well-being to speak truth about this nomination,” Pelosi said of Kavanaugh’s accusers at the time, according to Boyle.
“Tens of thousands more joined them to share their own harrowing stories of sexual assault, at great personal risk. Yet, Senate Republicans chose to send a clear message to all women: do not speak out, and if you do — do not expect to be heard, believed or respected,” the speaker reportedly added.
The rules for thee, not for me attitude is still going strong in the Democratic Party, it seems.