Pelosi wishes all a ‘Happy Shwanza’ in final speech gaffe

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just wished everyone a “Happy Shwanza.” 

Now, she is getting roasted on social media for the gaffe.

“Happy Shwanza”

Pelosi made the mistake at the end of a speech that she gave before the House on Friday. This was after the House passed the $1.7 trillion “omnibus” spending bill.

“I yield back the balance of my time and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe New Year,” Pelosi said. “Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Shwanza. Happy Hanukah. Whatever it is you celebrate, be safe. Thank you.”

Pelosi, of course, meant to say “Happy Kwanzaa” instead of “Happy Shwanza,” referring to the annual African American celebration that takes place at this time of year. She, however, didn’t seem to recognize her mistake, and so she made no effort to correct it.

Here’s the video:

Social media reacts

Social media users couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mock Pelosi for the gaffe. Leading the way was conservative strategist Greg Price, who wrote, “Happy Shwanza to all and to all a good night,” an allusion to the famous Christmas line.

Price also included a photo of Pelosi from back in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd. In the photo, Pelosi, in an attempted show of solidarity with African Americans, kneeled inside the Capitol Visitor Center for almost nine minutes while wearing an African kente cloth.”

Many social media users started mockingly wishing everyone a “Happy Shwanza.” For example, “Happy Shwanza from Crazy Nancy!” the conservative influencer ALX tweeted.

A fitting ending?

The unfortunate thing for Pelosi is that the speech that she gave on Friday, in her own words, “will probably be [her] last speech as Speaker of the House.”

That’s because Congress is now going on break, and when the Congress members return, Republicans will have the majority in the House and a new speaker will be elected.

The 82-year-old Pelosi has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1987, and she has had two separate speakerships, one from 2007 to 2011 and another from 2019 to 2022. There, perhaps, is no more fitting way for her final speakership to end than with this gaffe: it’s symbolic of her time in Congress.

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