As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues to confound President Donald Trump — describing him as throwing a “tantrum” and urging people close to him to hold an intervention to correct his boorish behavior — right-wing social media users are apparently trying to disparage her character online through use of a doctored video.
In the footage, Pelosi, speaking at a Center for American Progress event on Wednesday, appears to be discussing policy in a slowed, slurred fashion. But as the Washington Post reported on Thursday, the video being shared is not a true depiction of Pelosi — the doctored version is 75 percent slower than the original recording.
This is the world we now live in. To me, the misinformation campaigns will be the biggest threat to returning any sanity to the Oval Office in 2020.
Pelosi videos manipulated to make her appear drunk are being shared on social media https://t.co/hfm1ME4XFx
— Tyrene Pamstein (@TyrenePamstein) May 23, 2019
Conservatives and Trump supporters were fast to share the doctored video without verifying its authenticity. One right-wing Facebook group’s posting of the video garnered more than 1.4 million views of the video, and resulted in more than 32,000 shares. Users on the platform referred to the Speaker as “drunk” and a “babbling mess,” according to the Post’s reporting.
The speech is the same one in which the Speaker chastised the Trump administration’s refusal to allow Congressional committees to carry out their oversight duties. Pelosi suggested that Trump was engaging in a cover-up, per reporting from MSNBC.
Trump later denied doing so, and used the comments from Pelosi and ongoing investigations in Congress focusing on his administration as justification to storm out of a meeting on the same day that Pelosi spoke to the Center for American Progress.
This is not the first time an altered video has been shared by the right in order to make a Trump critic look bad.
At a White House press conference with the president last fall, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a video on her social media and accused CNN’s Jim Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman” as he was trying to ask Trump questions and the woman (a White House intern) was trying to take the microphone away from him.
In reality, the video Sanders shared was also doctored, sped up in order to make Acosta’s hand movements appear violent when they were not, according to reporting from Vox.