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Is there a glitch in the Matrix? And if there is can someone explain what House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi is saying?
The House Speaker gave her weekly press conference this week, which started as normal, but by the end she was stammering and making no sense.
As she was speaking on passing President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda the press conference delved into an incoherent mess.
We grabbed the transcript from the Speaker’s website to make some kind of sense of what she was saying, or at least get the words she was saying.
“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,” the Speaker said.
“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.
If you are scratching your head and wondering what you just read do not worry, it is not you. We are baffled too but we assume she was talking about Medicare coverage for hearing aids.
Another reporter asked a follow up question in an attempt to decipher what the Speaker was talking about and it actually got worse.
“Any concerns that any of this is, quote, ‘messaging’ because they have to take some of those things out regardless, no matter what you send over? And you said you weren’t going to send a messaging bill,” the reporter said.
“No, no. We’re not sending a messaging bill. But 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.
The incoherent rambling sparked a barrage of mockery on Twitter, led by actor James Woods.
“If you were a police officer, and a driver you had stopped were talking like this, how likely is it you would order a sobriety test?” he said.
If you were a police officer, and a driver you had stopped were talking like this, how likely is it you would order a sobriety test? pic.twitter.com/2py40M7JGL
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 6, 2021
“Stroke or glitch? You decide,” another Twitter user said.
Stroke or glitch? You decide. pic.twitter.com/m2a20pVOWs
— 💥Atomic💥BIonde💥 (@Ablonde20211) November 5, 2021
“Discussions between the President and the Speaker must be entertaining ..,” another said.
Discussions between the President and the Speaker must be entertaining ..
— Thomas Cranmer⚡️✝️ (@kehetauhauaga) November 6, 2021
“It would only seem to be understandable if she was wearing a straight jacket. And sitting in a corner cell at Arkham Asylum with 3 guards watching her 24/7. Only then,” another user opined.
It would only seem to be understandable if she was wearing a straight jacket. And sitting in a corner cell at Arkham Asylum with 3 guards watching her 24/7. Only then.
— Bob McGovern (@mcgovern_bob) November 6, 2021
“Did she have a stroke and not tell anyone? That is the only explanation that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol,” another postulated.
Did she have a stroke and not tell anyone? That is the only explanation that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol.
— Veronica Vatter (@veronicavatter) November 6, 2021
“Everyone so concerned about tax returns when they should want to see MRI results. Her and Joe are gone. We are being ‘lead’ by demented old dinosaurs,” one concerned Twitter user suggested.
— uıʇsnɾ (@zob879) November 6, 2021
“Is dementia contagious because Nancy Pelosi is sounding like Biden and making up words as she goes? Does anyone know what she’s saying? Is Dementia a requirement for the Democrats leadership?” another said in what is becoming a good question.
Is dementia contagious because Nancy Pelosi is sounding like Biden and making up words as she goes? Does anyone know what she’s saying? Is Dementia a requirement for the Democrats leadership? https://t.co/V4UY74ddsf
— toolman108 (@toolman108) November 6, 2021