Some critics have pointed to mispronunciations or stutters in public statements as evidence that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not as cognitively acute as she once was.
Breitbart built on this narrative Tuesday by documenting a series of stumbles and misstatements included in the Democratic leader’s prepared remarks while unveiling new legislation meant to address police brutality.
Mispronunciation and misidentification
In addition to reportedly mangling the pronunciation of “brutality,” Breitbart reported that Pelosi also appeared to coin the term “condungeons,” apparently by combining the words “conditions” and “dungeons” in her discussion of the manner in which slaves were forced to live.
Referencing two high-profile cases of violence against blacks, Pelosi reportedly mispronounced the names of both Philando Castile and Trayvon Martin.
The errors extended to the names and titles of elected officials. Pelosi corrected herself after initially describing both Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) as members of the House.
She also referred to a bill co-authored by Rep. Bobby Smith, presumably referring to Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), as there is no “Bobby Smith” in Congress.
And in an apparent call for swift action by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY), Pelosi appeared to meander through a statement that lacked clarity, Breitbart noted.
“In the coming weeks, the bill — the House will hold hearings, mark up the bill,” Pelosi said. “Once the House passes it, the House, uh, justice and policing act, Leader McConnell will sith — hopefully — he must — swiftly take it up. Leader in the Congress, uh, the president must not stand in the way of justice.”
Other leaders face similar scrutiny
Of course, Pelosi is not the only elected official to face scrutiny for her garbled oratory.
President Donald Trump has been lambasted regularly throughout his first term for his tendency to mispronounce words. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has similarly caused critics to question his cognition.
Pelosi is currently the legislative branch’s most powerful Democrat, though, and her words carry a lot of weight within the party and on Capitol Hill.
If her remarks are unclear or confusing, the result might be even more gridlock and division in Congress than usual.