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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slipped and appeared to almost fall after she delivered remarks at former Democrat Sen. Harry Reid’s memorial service.
Former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, and others spoke at Reid’s memorial service at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.
After delivering her remarks, Pelosi stumbled off the podium just seconds after she said, “God truly blessed America with the life and legacy of Harry Reid.”
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One day after her close encounter and comments about unity, Pelosi accused Republicans of “suppressing the vote” and “nullifying elections.”
During an episode on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan asked Pelosi: “The White House is putting its shoulder behind this push for voting rights and election law versus Build Back Better. I want to ask you when you look around the country, there are many states that are changing their own election laws. It could increase the chance for partisan interference when it comes to certifying an election outcome. Have you thought about that scenario for these mid-term races? Would you commit to seating an elected person if their election is not certified in the state they are elected out of? Regardless of the outcome, will you seat them?”
Pelosi responded: “Well, first, let’s get the bill passed. I think that the order of things is very appropriate. There is nothing more important for us to do than protect our constitution and our democracy. What the Republicans are doing across the country is really a legislative continuation of what they did on January 6, which is to undermine our democracy, to undermine the integrity of our elections, to undermine the voting power, which is the essence of a democracy. So we have to do that bill. There is no more important bill that enables us to support and defend the constitution of the United States.”
Brennan followed that up by asking: “But have you thought about that scenario? Because it is a potential scenario for these upcoming races, where you have this dispute at the state level. How will you handle that?”
“It isn’t a question of how we will handle something a year from now. What is important right now is how we protect and defend the constitution and voting rights,” Pelosi whined.
“What they’re doing – and you pointed out very clearly and I thank you for that – is they are not only suppressing the vote – suppressing the vote – they are nullifying elections. Saying it doesn’t matter who gets more votes. It matters who the three people we appoint to analyze that, what they decide,” she added.
“We cannot let that happen. And in this legislation – thank you for taking us down this path – in this legislation, there are stiff penalties for what they are doing to election officials, what they are doing, threatening elected officials. This is a very major threat on our democracy. This legislation is the most important, and we have to keep working in order to get the job done because it is vital as any legislation we could ever pass,” she concluded.