House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was accused last week of using her elbow to shove aside the young daughter of a newly elected Republican congresswoman from Texas during a photo-op at her swearing-in ceremony.
The “weird incident” not only went viral on social media in America but has now also earned a mention by an Australian newscaster, who used the opportunity to take a shot at Pelosi, according to Sky News Australia.
Even Australians are talking about Pelosi’s “shove” of a child
James Morrow, the host of the network’s new America-focused “U.S. Report” program, briefly discussed on Friday the “weird incident” in which Speaker Pelosi “seemed to give a shove” to the daughter of Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) as the new congresswoman was being sworn into office.
“Now quite a few people speculated that old Nancy had spent a bit too long in a meeting with her old friend box wine before that happened,” Morrow quipped before noting that, according to Pelosi’s spokesman, the speaker had simply been trying to ensure that the young girl would be included in the photos being taken.
Morrow added that while some people might believe that excuse, “millions” of others would not, and in his view, Pelosi and her spokesman “doth protest too much.”
The accusation and the excuse
The Hill reported that Rep. Flores — the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, who had flipped a seat held by Democrats for roughly a century in a recent special election — accused Speaker Pelosi of having “pushed” her daughter after later seeing a video of what occurred during the ceremony.
“I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her. She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen,” Flores tweeted. “No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!”
I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her. She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen.
No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!! https://t.co/TA50EntDoq
— Mayra Flores For Congress (@MayraFlores2022) June 27, 2022
Just a day later, however, in response to certain news outlets giving coverage of Flores’ accusation, Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill fired off the rather disbelievable excuse for Pelosi’s caught-on-camera moment that has now drawn mockery from the opposite side of the globe.
“It’s sad to see ‘news outlets’ that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family,” Hammill wrote in a tweet that included a video of the same incident from a slightly different angle.
“Very disappointed and very disgusted”
The New York Post reported that after Rep. Flores’ accusation against Speaker Pelosi went viral last weekend, the new congresswoman joined Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday to discuss what had happened and again praise her young daughter for maintaining her composure and remaining “focused on the event” of her mother being sworn into office.
Flores told Hannity, “I saw it afterwards and yes, I was very disappointed and very disgusted by it. No child should be pushed aside for a photo.”