House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she does not believe the woman who accused her brother of rape, contradicting her previous statements about believing women, Breitbart News reported.
“We loved him and trusted him, and it was never any question,” Pelosi told USA Today’s Susan Page about her brother “Roosie,” or Franklin Delano Roosevelt D’Alesandro.
D’Alesandro was charged in the rape of two underage girls in the 1950s, along with a group of other young men. All the others changed were convicted, except for Pelosi’s brother.
Pelosi’s comments were made to Page during an interview about her newly published book Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power which is promoted as a peek into the life of what is arguably the most powerful woman in the world.
The House Speaker’s comments raised eyebrows considering her party’s cry to “believe all women” which rose to a fever pitch during the confirmation hearing of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Pelosi issued a statement at the time calling it a “profoundly heartbreaking day for women, girls, and families across America,” when Kavanaugh was confirmed.
“Courageous women risked their safety and well-being to speak truth about this nomination,” Pelosi said about Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “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.”
Those sentiments were not the theme of the day when talking about the accusations made against her brother, someone Pelosi claimed to have “never doubted.” The high-ranking Democrat also said that “it was either a politically motivated prosecution aimed at hurting her father or a case of another defendant trying to shift the blame to someone else.”
At the time of the rape charges against Pelosi’s brother her father was the mayor of Baltimore.