As Nancy Pelosi addressed the media on Thursday about the fourth defeat of a congressional Democrat in as many elections since Donald Trump has become president, she didn’t do much to quell concerns that her health status and strange behavior aren’t a hindrance for her party.
She could be seen repeating words, garbling her speech, and singing her own praises to defend her leadership position.
Pelosi said, “I always, always, always quote Martin Luther King in so many ways. But in this score, he said, Dr. Mar— he said, the ballot, the ballot, the ballot, legislation, legislation, legislation, your life, your life, your life.”
That quote couldn’t be found.
During her remarks, she garbled words, struggling to say “unable” and “massive.”
Moments later, she flubbed the list of people allegedly harmed by the Republicans’ overhaul of Obamacare.
“Trumpcare inflicts great suffering on veterans, on seniors, on working families, on rural communities, and, as I said, working families,” Pelosi said.
After being asked a question by a reporter, she remarked, “So you want me to sing my praises? Is that what you’re saying?”
“I’m a master legislator, I am a strategic politically astute leader, I am, uh, my, uh, uh, leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do,” Pelosi said.
To add an odd dramatic effect, the House Minority Leader rapped on the podium with her knuckles to make a point.
“Would it be better if all the press were focusing on,” she said, tapping on the wood several times, “the Senate heartless, mean-spirited bill,” she added.
Pelosi claimed “many times” she had not wanted to run for leader again, but her colleagues allegedly persuaded her to do so.
“This time I did. The election of Donald Trump— this takes the knowledge and experience that I have, said she, immodestly,” she said.