House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s spokesperson took to social media Monday to defend the lawmaker elbowing a GOP congresswoman’s young daughter during a photo shoot and insisted the move was done to benefit the youngster.
“It’s sad to see ‘news outlets’ that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, tweeted.
Hammill’s post included video that, he said, showed Pelosi “graciously greeting Rep. Flores’ children and telling them about the room they are in.”
Flores, though, didn’t see things that way Sunday when she tweeted: “I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her. She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen. No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!”
The congresswoman also included video of Pelosi’s push. The speaker could be seen glancing down at the girl and extending her elbow just as the child moved over.
Twitter users blasted Hammill’s post.
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