The #MeToo movement swept the nation under the mantra, “Believe all women.” Time has shown that standard depended on who was being accused, however.
A new book about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reveals that the outspoken #MeToo advocate never believed the young girls who accused her brother of rape, Breitbart reported. Notably, Franklin Delano Roosevelt D’Alesandro — nicknamed “Roosie” — was the only one in a group of 13 accused to be acquitted.
“We loved him and trusted him, and it was never any question,” Pelosi reportedly said. She made her remarks about her late brother’s case to Susan Page, the USA Today reporter who conducted extensive interviews with the Speaker for her book “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.”
The details of the crime are disturbing. Two runaway girls, aged 11 and 13, accused 14 young men — including 20-year-old D’Alesandro — of rape and what the grand jury called ‘perverted practices’ while they stayed in a furnished room the men paid for them to stay at for the week.
One of the girls later said she’d heard one of the men referred to as ‘Rudy’ or ‘Rootie’ and D’Alesandro was identified in a police lineup as one of the men involved. However, D’Alesandro had alibis from his girlfriend and her parents — and a little help from a judge.
Before the jury deliberated D’Alesandro’s case, the judge left the jury with a shocking admission. “I have no hesitancy in saying to you that if the case was submitted to me without the aid of a jury, I would have no hesitancy in saying not guilty.” The jury deliberated only 25 minutes before acquitting D’Alesandro.
Still, Pelosi blamed the whole situation on a political vendetta against her family because her father was the mayor at the time. Instead, it looks like he may have had help from his prominent father’s influence.
Pelosi also defended former Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) when he was accused of sexual misconduct and ultimately forced him out of the House of Representatives. She was also adamant about believing accusers during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “Courageous women risked their safety and well-being to speak truth about this nomination,” Pelosi said about the then-nominee.
“Tens of thousands more joined them to share their own harrowing stories of sexual assault, at great personal risk,” she continued. “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.”
Democrats are always saying they stand with women until it’s one of their own being accused. It’s clear that Pelosi was only interested in believing women making accusations against Republicans.