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For the second time in less than 24 hours, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made what critics have called outrageously false and potentially dangerous claims, both of which went largely unchallenged by establishment media journalists interviewing her.
In an interview with MSNBC, a clip of which Pelosi’s office tweeted out, the Speaker repeated the false accusation that President Donald Trump said in April, as coronavirus was spreading around the country, that people should inject Lysol and drink bleach to protect themselves.
“Trump and Republicans still don’t have a plan – unless you count trying to destroy our health care in the courts while urging us to inject Lysol and drink bleach,” Pelosi wrote from her blue-check Twitter account accompanying the clip.
Trump and Republicans still don’t have a plan – unless you count trying to destroy our health care in the courts while urging us to inject Lysol and drink bleach. pic.twitter.com/1voC0k0FbT
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) June 24, 2020
In the interview, Pelosi — again, obviously having difficulty enunciating all of her words — said Americans were clamoring for healthcare reform and that it was “the number one issue” during the 2018 midterms.
Noting that Democrats introduced “pieces of” the “Affordable Care Enhancement Act” in 2019, Pelosi said she planned to “reintroduce it” soon.
She claimed the bill would “lower the cost of healthcare by lowering the cost of prescription drugs and many other provisions in there.”
“The administration is insisting on fighting us in court. Tomorrow they will file their brief to undo the Affordable Care Act,” she continued.
As to the ‘inject Lysol’ and bleach comments, Pelosi made the same erroneous claim in April shortly after President Trump discussed potential disinfectant safeguards against spreading the coronavirus.
“The president is asking people to inject Lysol into their lungs and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch [McConnell, R-Ky.] is saying states should go bankrupt,” Pelosi said then.
The Speaker was boldly fact-checked, along with other Democrats and Left-wing pundits who made similar claims regarding the president’s statement.
Trump was referencing a statement from William Bryan, the acting head of the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, said solar light had a “powerful” impact on killing the virus.
“Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both surfaces and in the air,” Bryan said during a late April White House briefing. “We’ve seen similar effects with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus.”
That prompted the president to think out loud and speculate that ultraviolet light could be a potential coronavirus disinfectant — which was misreported by the media and echoed by Pelosi and others.
Top conservative pundit, author, and constitutional expert Mark Levin also fact-checked the Washington establishment media for its false reporting.
“The crazy ass media insist that the president recommended that we drink disinfectant. I just don’t know why these morons aren’t fired by the corporate executives who own these newsrooms. The insanity is beyond belief,” he wrote on Twitter.
1. The crazy ass media insist that the president recommended that we drink disinfectant. I just don’t know why these morons aren’t fired by the corporate executives who own these newsrooms. The insanity is beyond belief.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) April 24, 2020
The tweeted falsehood was not the only dangerously outrageous statement Pelosi made on Wednesday,
In an interview with CBS News Radio host Steven Portnoy Tuesday, the Speaker accused Republicans of murdering George Floyd, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police last month — in an incident that members of both parties have widely condemned.
Regarding congressional attempts to pass a police reform bill following recent incidents in Minneapolis, Louisville, Ky., and Atlanta, the California Democrat accused GOP members in the Senate of “trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd.”
Nancy Pelosi says with their police reform proposals, Senate Republicans are "trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd."
Hear it in this @CBSNewsRadio interview with my colleague @sfutterman:https://t.co/DAsGYssPzD
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) June 23, 2020
Many could consider the statement dangerously inflammatory, especially in a political and social climate that is already highly volatile.
Within hours of Pelosi’s statement, Senate Democrats blocked the GOP-controlled chamber’s police reform bill without so much as a single minute of debate, and after the bill’s manager, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), gave them several opportunities to offer amendments.
Don’t let anyone convince you this was about debates or amendments. It’s about politics, and a refusal to find a solution.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 24, 2020
By comparison, Scott noted, Pelosi’s Democrat-controlled House did not offer minority Republicans a similar opportunity to file amendments.
House Democrats offered Republicans NO amendment opportunities. Senate Republicans offered Democrats at least 20.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 24, 2020
As to House Democrats’ ‘Affordable Care fix’ legislation, before the original law was passed in 2010, then-President Barack Obama, his vice president Joe Biden, and majority Democrats in both chambers of Congress repeatedly promised it would lower monthly premiums by thousands of dollars per year, dramatically cut the cost of deductibles, and provide coverage to all Americans. However, the act never accomplished any of those stated objectives.
The president’s tax reform legislation passed in December 2017 eliminated the law’s mandate to purchase health insurance. Trump and Republicans have also repeatedly stated that any true healthcare fix should include a provision to require coverage for preexisting medical conditions.
Federal courts have ruled the law is unconstitutional.
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