House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appeared confused at a press conference when she stumbled over her words for about 10 seconds while she was railing against President Trump’s use of force to protect Washington, D.C., amid protests.
The Gateway Pundit first reported that Pelosi appeared to lose track of what she was saying as she read from a letter that she sent to the president over the military deployment.
“I preface it by saying, as you probably saw, there are military on the steps of Lin-of Lincoln Memorial,” she said. “The-uh-the, uh, what is it? I’ll read it to you.”
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Trump has speculated about Pelosi’s mental health in the past. Trump recently responded to her comment that he was “morbidly obese” and said she is a “waste of time.”
“Pelosi is a sick woman,” he said. “She’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems.”
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Republicans were criticized last year for circulating videos of the speaker where she appears to be slurring her words. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, tweeted a link and wrote, “What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre.” The Washington Post reported that the Giuliani tweet was deleted.
In a 24-hour news cycle and a cable news camera always on, it is easy for politicians to lose track of their thoughts during a live broadcast. Joe Biden, the likely Democrat nominee, is famous for flubbing statements.
But the video of Pelosi from Thursday was startling to some on social media. The Gateway Pundit wrote, “she was visibly shaken by her inability to recall words.”
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Pelosi and other Democrats have lashed out at Trump for his decision to deploy thousands of National Guard soldiers to help defend the capital amid the unrest from the George Floyd protests. The Guardian reported that Trump ordered about 4,500 troops to protect federal assets in the city.
His decision prompted swift condemnation from Democrats, including the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, who called on Trump to withdraw them.
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“Our police and incident command have clear channels of communication and roles, and it is important to note that these additional unidentified units are operating outside of established chains of command,” Bowser wrote. “This multiplicity of forces can breed dangerous confusion.”