What’s wrong with Nancy Pelosi?
As the House Minority Leader — and prospective next Speaker of the House if Democrats win the majority in November — addressed reporters today, she contradicted herself, suffered face spasms, repeated words and was seen muttering and trailing off as she attempted to give a bold rebuke of President Trump.
As she was calling for gun control in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school, Pelosi struggled to recall the sponsors of her favored bill.
She demanded the passage of the “Thompson…King bill.”
“We’ll be continuing to meet on this subject to try to, uh, respond — we shouldn’t be responding, we should be preventing, we should be anticipating and,” she said, before suffering a brain freeze, “and have common sense approaches to prevent gun violence,” she added as the talking points triggered in her mind.
She suffered a face spasm as she said “bipartisan,” and mispronounced “nobody,” being forced to repeat it.
Seconds later, she referred to the USDA as the “Department of Education,” before catching herself and adding “Agriculture.”
Then she muttered to herself and stared off in the distance.
“Hungry families, hungry families,” she said, repeating it softly. “Cuts 200 — $214 billion from food stamps. The president’s going to give them a box of processed food — box of processed food,” she muttered again.
Pelosi said “terber-charged,” before correcting herself and saying “turbo-charged.”
Again denouncing the tax cut, she said, “Anybody that tells you it’s going to pay for itself is — it’s not true, it’s nonsense, it’s B.S. — spelled out.”
Pelosi recalled a story she told a reporter.
“When I came to Congress there were only three networks and the young man said to me, ‘You mean like CBS and ABC,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, that would be considered a network,'” she recalled with a laugh.
She continued, “The, uh, we did have CNN at that time, too, so four. Is that not a network?” she wondered aloud.
Towards the end of her remarks, she let out a big sigh as she attempted to recall details.
A Democratic representative is predicted Pelosi’s leadership days are numbered.
The Free Beacon reports:
Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) told the Atlantic he expects Pelosi to step down from leadership next year, no matter who wins the House.
“She would love nothing more than to win, and then she’ll get out,” Pascrell said.
A number of Democratic lawmakers and insiders spoke to the Atlantic both on and off the record about the desire among some Democrats for Pelosi to step aside, with some saying it should even happen before the 2018 midterms.