A series of deceptively edited videos targeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have been circulating on the internet in an effort to make the congresswoman appear as if she is drunkenly stumbling through a speech. Now, her daughter is coming to her defense.
On Thursday, Christine Pelosi accused the GOP and its allies of “pumping this despicable fake meme for years!”
“Now they are caught,” she wrote, adding, “Madam Speaker doesn’t even drink alcohol!”
The tweet then linked to a Washington Post story that debunked altered footage of Pelosi’s speech at the Center for American Progress Ideas Festival in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The Washington Post noted the video had been edited to make Pelosi sound as if she was struggling to speak clearly.
The origin of the video, the Post said, remains unclear.
Republicans and their conservative allies have been pumping this despicable fake meme for years! Now they are caught. #FactCheck: Madam Speaker doesn’t even drink alcohol! https://t.co/rJ5jxiuvqM
Christine continued speaking out against the mockery in a follow-up tweet, calling on Facebook to suspend the account of a user who sent her a message describing Pelosi as an alcoholic in need of an intervention.
“This is the cr*p I’m talking about,” Christine wrote, noting that she had reported the account.
This is the cr*p I’m talking about - reported to @Facebook - which like @Twitter will not suspend the account that clearly violated Terms Of Service. Obviously this doesn’t stop ME but others are affected by the “voter depression” strategy that Trump allies are perpetuating. pic.twitter.com/wHF0dZVNHF
En esta imagen del martes 28 de noviembre de 2017, Christine Pelosi, presidenta de la bancada de mujeres por el Partido Demócrata en California, se dirige a tomar la palabra ante el Subcomité de Normas de la Asamblea Respecto al Acoso Sexual, la Discriminación y la Prevención de Represalia y Respuesta, en Sacramento, California. (AP Foto/Rich Pedroncelli)
Christine Pelosi, daughter of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, holds her 1-year-old daughter Isabella Kaufman as Pelosi speaks at the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Christine Pelosi and mother Nancy Pelosi attend the opening night of "All The Way" on Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre on March 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Christine Pelosi (L) and Amy Holmes speak onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon )
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Nancy Pelosi and Christine Pelosi attend "All The Way" opening night at Neil Simon Theatre on March 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR STOLI VODKA - Christine Pelosi, left, and Stuart Milk unveil this Stoli Vodka-commissioned mural celebrating Harvey Milk Day on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in San Francisco. (Peter Barreras/AP Images for Stoli Vodka)
rUNITED STATES - APRIL 11: From right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, her daughter, Christine, Reps. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., prepare U.S.O. packages for military families, at the House Democrats' 2019 Issues Conference at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Va., on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Christine Pelosi speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon )
On Friday, Giuliani tweeted a bizarre, unintelligible statement.
“ivesssapology for a video which is allegedly is a caricature of an otherwise halting speech pattern, she should first stop, and apologize for, saying the President needs an ‘intervention.’”
In a second tweet, Giuliani doubled down on his criticism of Pelosi’s Thursday remark saying Trump should have “an intervention for the good of the country.”
Nancy Pelosi wants an apology for a caricature exaggerating her already halting speech pattern. First she should withdraw her charge which hurts our entire nation when she says the President needs an “intervention. “People who live in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones.”
The video has not yet been completely removed from Facebook. There was still at least one version available on the social media platform as of Friday afternoon on a page called Politics WatchDog. It had 2.4 million views.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted a separate video which he claimed showed Pelosi stammering during a press conference. The Post reported that the clip was selectively edited, however, it remains on the president’s Twitter page.