Nancy Pelosi, throughout her career, has told many lies and falsehoods. Here are my 5 favorite lies she has told.
LIE #1: Nancy Pelosi denied calling federal officers ‘Storm Troopers’. She claimed that she said that they “acted like stormtroopers.”
This is a lie. Pelosi directly called federal officers stormtroopers, which is a term used to describe the paramilitary organization of the German Nazi Party.
On July 17, 2020: Pelosi tweeted, “Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti…These are not the actions of a democratic republic…..@DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission……Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.
On July 23, 2020: Pelosi said this during a press conference, “it’s very very important. The use of stormtroopers under the guise of law and order is a tactic. That is not appropriate to our country in any way.”
Pelosi lied about saying the federal police “acted like” stormtroopers. She directly called them stormtroopers.
LIE #2: Nancy Pelosi stated that 47 “children and teenagers” are killed daily by gun violence.
This is false. The figures she cites are inaccurate. The actual number is about 7 per day.
On September 26, 2019: Pelosi tweeted, “100 people die every day from gun violence — 47 of them children & teenagers……How many more must perish before [Mitch McConnell] will take action?”
According to Glenn Kesler, from the Washington Post, “A check of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database found that in 2017, 3,443 deaths from firearms were between the ages of zero and 19. Given that the CDC recorded 39,771 deaths from firearms, that would be just under 9 percent. That’s significantly lower than 47 percent. So we asked Pelosi’s office to explain her math.”
LIE #3: Nancy Pelosi told donors that FiveThirtyEight predicted 2022 Senate victories for Democrats in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio.
This is a lie. FiveThirtyEight did not predict Democrat victories in many of those states.
“Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight just announced that Democrats are poised to win SIX Senate seats this November,” Pelosi wrote in the email, incorrectly saying the site predicts Democratic victories in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio,” Pelosi said in a fundraising email.
According to Nate Silver, owner of FiveThirtyEight, “This is straight-up misinformation. We have Democrats as heavy underdogs in Florida and Ohio.”
LIE# 4: Nancy Pelosi claimed that the police attacked and kidnapped protesters in response to graffiti during the Portland protest.
This is false. There was not police brutality and it was not just graffiti. Police declared a riot on July 14th, 2020 because of looting, property destruction, assault, arson, trespassing, disobeying lawful commands, and more.
On July 17th, 2020: Pelosi tweeted, “Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti…These are not the actions of a democratic republic…..@DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission……Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”
According to the Portland Police report published on July 14th report: “Rocks, bottles, broken pieces of brick, ball bearings, paint-filled objects, and other items were thrown at officers. At one point, a mattress was scorched as someone attempted to light it on fire. A subject climbed onto the roof and jumped off. Due to the life safety risk presented by many members of the crowd, a riot was declared and dispersal orders were given. The area of North Denver Avenue to I-5 and North Bryant to Farragut Avenues were closed and the crowd was provided warnings and opportunities to disperse and leave. Many chose to remain and some selective arrests were made.”
Pelosi claimed protesters were kidnapped. This is false as well. In reality, those protesters were actually rioters, and they weren’t kidnapped, they were arrested.
LIE #5: Nancy Pelosi claimed Trump tear-gassed protesters for a photo op.
This is false. Nancy Pelosi helped push the false narrative that Trump ordered tear gas to be used on the “peaceful protestors” to have a “photo-op” in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C.
On June 1, 2020: Pelosi tweeted, “Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us.”
This narrative was debunked by the Inspector General of the United States Department of the Interior, Mark Lee Greenblatt.
In a report, Greenblatt wrote, “The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church. Instead, the evidence we reviewed showed that the USPP cleared the park to allow the contractor to safely install the anti-scale fencing in response to the destruction of property and injury to officers occurring on May 30 and 31. Further, the evidence showed that the USPP did not know about the President’s potential movement until mid-to-late afternoon on June 1—hours after it had begun developing its operational plan and the fencing contractor had arrived in the park.”
According to another report, over the various days leading up to the clearing of the protesters, protesters threw bottles and bricks, injuring nearly 50 officers.
There were reports of looting, property destruction, assault, and arson the night before the protesters were cleared.
Here’s a video by MSNBC of the Lafayette Park riot the night before the rioters were cleared. (Video)
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Dyson, T. (2020, July 23). Pelosi doubles down on ‘stormtrooper’ reference for federal officers in Portland. Newsmax. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.newsmax.com/us/stormtroopers-nancypelosi-chuckschumer/2020/07/23/id/978709/
Schwartz, I. (2020, July 29). Pelosi: I didn’t call police stormtroopers, I said they acted like … Real Clear Politics. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/07/29/pelosi_i_didnt_call_police_stormtroopers_i_said_they_acted_like_stormtroopers.html
Kessler, G. (2019, December 17). Analysis | pelosi’s bogus talking point on gun deaths of children. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/17/nancy-pelosis-bogus-talking-point-gun-deaths-children/
Schmad, R. (2022, July 5). ‘straight-up misinformation’: Nancy Pelosi lied to donors about Dems’ midterm chances, says election analyst – Washington Free Beacon. The Washington Free Beacon . Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.google.com/amp/s/freebeacon.com/democrats/straight-up-misinformation-nancy-pelosi-lied-to-donors-about-dems-midterm-chances-says-election-analyst/amp/
Leighton, M. (2020, July 14). Another riot declared at police protest. The Portland Observer. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from http://m.portlandobserver.com/news/2020/jul/14/another-riot-declared-police-protest/
Palmer, E. (2020, July 14). Riot declared in Portland during another night of unrest in City. Newsweek. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.newsweek.com/portland-riot-protest-george-floyd-1517678
Mills, R. (2021, May 21). Portland Police riot bill tops $12 million after year of unrest. National Review. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.nationalreview.com/news/portland-police-riot-bill-tops-12-million-after-year-of-unrest/
Ginsberg, M. (2021, June 9). Flashback: Top Dems pushed a debunked narrative that trump tear gassed protesters, cleared park for photo op. The Daily Caller. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://dailycaller.com/2021/06/09/chuck-schumer-nancy-pelosi-adam-schiff-debunked-trump-lafayette-square/
Pollak, J. B. (2020, June 3). Nancy Pelosi admits to MSNBC: ‘maybe they didn’t have tear gas’. Breitbart. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/03/nancy-pelosi-admits-to-msnbc-maybe-they-didnt-have-tear-gas/
Antle, W. J. A. (2021, June 11). Trump photo op at church wasn’t why Lafayette Square was cleared. where are the MEA CULPAS? NBC News. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-photo-op-church-wasn-t-why-lafayette-square-was-ncna1270502
Publisher. (2021, June 23). Court dismisses BLM lawsuit against federal agencies over Lafayette Park protests. Jonathan Turley. Retrieved October 6, 2022, from https://jonathanturley.org/2021/06/23/court-dismisses-blm-lawsuit-against-federal-agencies-over-lafayette-park-protests/
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