Trump Shares Fake Quote Purportedly By Pelosi, Calling Her ‘Crazy’ Over False Premise In Late-Night Tweet
President Donald Trump disparaged Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Monday evening, through his Twitter account, for calling elections “dangerous.” The only problem? Pelosi didn’t anything of the sort.
The statement from the president sets up the possibility that many will say he’s pushing a double standard when it comes to others who have played loose quoting his own words in the past, versus how he treats others who are his political opponents.
Trump wrote in his tweet Monday night that “Pelosi just stated that ‘it is dangerous to let the voters decide'” his own fate in the 2020 election. “In other words, she thinks I’m going to win and doesn’t want to take a chance on letting the voters decide,” Trump said.
The words supposedly from Pelosi caused Trump to describe her as “crazy.”
Nancy Pelosi just stated that “it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump’s fate.” @FoxNews In other words, she thinks I’m going to win and doesn’t want to take a chance on letting the voters decide. Like Al Green, she wants to change our voting system. Wow, she’s CRAZY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2019
But the actual quote from Pelosi, which came in a letter she wrote to House Democratic colleagues, was not aimed at saying elections were bad. Rather, it was a message decrying taking action on Trump’s actions while in office until the 2020 elections take place, Newsweek reported.
“The weak response to these hearings has been, ‘Let the election decide.’ That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the president is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections,” Pelosi wrote.
It’s not clear where Trump got the mixed-up quote from, but it likely made his way to him through Fox News. Network host Mike Emanuel had made the same misquote of Pelosi only an hour before Trump had put out his tweet.
The misquote from Trump comes as Trump has for weeks been critical for a “parody” of his own words, spoken by Rep. Adam Schiff during a House Intelligence Committee hearing he had chaired in September. During that hearing, Schiff acted out a scene, pretending to be Trump asking Ukraine for political favors in more alarming terms than evidence has provided so far in the impeachment inquiry.
Trump called those words illegal and treasonous, according to reporting from Politico.
“Rep. Adam Schiff illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people,” Trump said at the time. “It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call. Arrest for Treason?”