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Something is seriously wrong with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The California Democrat suffered a bizarre glitch and descended into an incoherent rant while trying to speak about Joe Biden’s stalled “Build Back Better” legislation.
Below is a snippet of Pelosi’s delirious rant:
“The other thing that we’re getting or – we’re sending stuff over to the Senate. Most of the product that we’ve done is – except now we may have added in the last hour or so – and some of what we added is Senate, to the bill, like hearing. Bernie doesn’t like hearing – excuse me – Bernie loves hearing. Manchin doesn’t want hearing in the bill and all that stuff. So, some is Senate-oriented, and then we have the family/medical leave. We figured if they’re putting things in, then we can put something in, even if Manchin doesn’t like it,” Pelosi began.
“So, we are getting some Byrd and privilege. I think mostly we’re getting privilege scrub because privilege scrub is deadly to a bill. Byrd? Well, it’s important. You have to take it out, but a privilege violation can take you out. So, we’re, again, getting that as we go along as well. But when we pass a bill, then they will see it in its aggregate and make some –,” she said.
After a reporter asked a follow-up question about what she was talking about, Pelosi continued making weird hand movements and struggled to finish her sentences.
“We want to be sure that what we send is not Byrd-able or Byrd bath or privilege scrub. They’re the two exercises in case – bathing exercises we’re engaged in, and we’re getting a good response,” she said.
Pelosi dominated headlines earlier this week when she announced that she will run for re-election this fall.
The 81-year-old lawmaker made her announcement in a video shared to her social media, where she was propped up in front of a fake San Francisco backdrop.
“Hello, it’s Nancy. Thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you, our VIPs, our Volunteers in Politics, in our ongoing engagement for the people. Thank you for being a constant source of new, fresh ideas and political activism to help Democrats deliver and defend democracy. Thank you for giving me the privilege to represent our city and our San Francisco values in the Congress,” Pelosi said.
“Human rights, reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, respect for immigrants, and care for each other. When people ask me what are the three most important issues facing Congress, I always say the same thing: Our children. Our children. Our children. Their health, their education, the housing and economic security of their families, a clean, safe environment in which they can thrive, and the world at peace and where they are all welcome and in which they can reach their fulfillment,” Pelosi said.
Even though Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress, Pelosi said “democracy is at risk.”
“Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the U.S. Capitol, and the state-by-state assault on voting rights. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say: We don’t agonize, we organize. And that is why I am running for reelection to Congress and respectfully seek your support. I’d be greatly honored by it and grateful for it. Thank you so much,” she said.