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Fact Checker Rips Pelosi to Shreds Over McConnell Racism Claim

Nancy Pelosi called Mitch McConnell a racist on MSNBC on Sunday. By Monday evening, fact checkers were tearing the House Minority Leader apart.

By NTK Staff | 08.14.2018 @9:02am
Fact Checker Rips Pelosi to Shreds Over McConnell Racism Claim

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) might want to choose her words more carefully when appearing on cable news in the future. At least, that would be the advice of fact checkers at the Washington Post, who ripped apart an outlandish claim made by the Californian on Sunday.

During the same interview in which Pelosi claimed that NBC News was out to get her and that President Trump wants to “make America white again,” Pelosi claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made “a racist statement” when he said he wanted to limit Barack Obama, a member of the opposing party, to one presidential term.

Here’s what Pelosi said:

“Let me re­mind you that when the Re­pub­lic­ans took pow­er when President Obama was president of the United States, what Mitch McConnell said is, ‘The most im­port­ant thing we can do is to make sure he does not suc­ceed.’ If that wasn’t a rac­ist state­ment. That is un­think­a­ble,” Pelosi said during an interview with MSNBC on Sunday.

According to Kessler, Pelosi, “twists” McConnell’s “words out of con­text.”

“McConnell was say­ing that if Re­pub­lic­ans want­ed to achieve their goals, such as re­peal of the Af­ford­a­ble Care Act, they can’t just win the midterms — they also need to ensure that Obama does not win reelection,” he wrote.

When Kessler reached out to Pelosi’s staff for clarification, they attempted to give Kessler the runaround after he confronted them with the facts. Ultimately, they told the reporter that “this is the leader’s o­pin­ion based on her firsthand experience.”

According to the Washington Post:

“We ob­vi­ous­ly don’t fact-check o­pin­ion. But clear­ly Pelosi’s par­a­phrase bears little re­la­tion­ship to what McConnell ac­tu­al­ly said in 2010 — he even said he did not want Obama to fail — and we are flum­moxed how this an­o­dyne po­lit­i­cal state­ment then is twist­ed into be­ing an allegedly rac­ist state­ment. McConnell was a tough cus­tom­er for Obama, his po­lit­i­cal op­pos­ite, but they did cooperate when their in­ter­ests were in sync.”

“Democrats have some­times placed McConnell’s “one-term” com­ment in the wrong year, but we are un­aware of a seni­or Democrat bun­gling the ac­tu­al quote so much in serv­ice of an in­cen­di­ar­y charge. Pelosi earns Four Pinocchios.”

Four Pinocchios is the highest ranking for a false statement that the Washington Post’s fact checkers give out.

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