Nancy Pelosi wants the statues of Confederates removed from the U.S. Capitol. And maybe she's right: Perhaps our nation shouldn't deify in the Capitol building the racist rebels that attacked the Union.
But that doesn't make her any less of a hypocrite.
Pelosi held the gavel for 1,460 days and she never tried tearing down the Confederate statues during her tenure. In light of that, her statement reads more like a shameless political ploy than an honest effort at healing division.
"The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible," Pelosi lectures. "If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately."
This, of course, is not fair. In a statement Ryan's office graciously skipped the opportunity to slam Pelosi for her hypocrisy noting instead that "these are decisions for those states to make."
Eager for attention, Pelosi glosses over that fact and takes credit for the sculptures of women and minorities in the capitol instead. While she was speaker, Pelosi brags, the chamber "recognized more women and people of color in Congress' collection of statues, including Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller."
While those women deserve memorialization, Pelosi only deserves ridicule. She knows the rules and she didn't care about the Confederates while she was in charge. Her faux crusade to drive Dixie down is really designed to drive up her political stock.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.