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Is Pelosi's Great-Grandfather the Founder of the KKK?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Aug 5, 2020

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's great-grandfather is Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

On July 9, 2020, America's Last Line of Defense published an article positing that Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate Army general and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was the great-grandfather of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

Pelosi’s Dark Secret: Her Great-Grandfather Formed the KKK

Nancy Pelosi has always had the look of someone who was trying to cover up a dark family secret. Sandy Batt of the International Inquisitor decided to look up Nancy Pelosi’s genealogy and discovered the very secret that she was trying to hide for so long.

Her great-grandfather was none other than Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a prominent post-Civil War Democrat.

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Americas Last Line of Defense.   "Pelosi’s Dark Secret: Her Great-Grandfather Formed the KKK."     9 July 2020.