Drunk Nancy Pelosi

Drunk Nancy Pelosi

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Updated Jun 03, 2019 at 02:56PM EDT by 3kole5.

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Drunk Nancy Pelosi refers to a slowed-down video of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking at a Center for American Progress event that was widely circulated on Facebook in May 2019.


On May 22nd, 2019, the Facebook page Politics WatchDog[1] posted a video of Nancy Pelosi speaking which was slowed down to make it seem as if Pelosi was drunk. The video gained over two million views and 45,000 shares in a day. The video has since been removed.


Since 2008, Some Twitter users[2] and far-right websites made claims against Pelosi leading some to think that she is an alcoholic.[4] On August 7th, 2017, OurLandOfTheFree.com posted a story falsely reporting that Nancy Pelosi was involved in a serious car accident with a city bus in Los Angeles due to drunk driving.[3]


On May 22nd, 2019 Rudy Giuliani shared the doctored video on Twitter saying, “What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre.” The tweet has since been deleted. On May 23rd, The Washington Post[7] proved that the video was altered with a side-by-side video (shown below).

On May 23rd, Donald Trump posted another misleading edit of Pelosi speaking and included the caption “PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE” (shown below). Hi tweet gained over 23,400 retweets and 72,300 likes in a day.

On May 24th, according to The Daily Beast,[6] Fox and Friends correspondents Diamond and Silk commented on the videos claiming they question Pelosi's stability. Later Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy announced that he just found out that the video was fake.

The Daily Beast Article

On June 1st, 2019, The Daily Beast[8] published an article titled "We Found the Guy Behind the Viral 'Drunk Pelosi' Video," which identified the man who originally uploaded the clip to Facebook as Shawn Brooks, a 34-year-old African American sports blogger and forklift operator from the Bronx in New York. In the article, The Daily Beast claims that a Facebook official assisted them in the investigation, saying they verified that the user originally posted the video to the group Politics WatchDog. Additionally, the article quotes Brooks denying that he created the video. Following the publication of the article, some criticized The Daily Beast for publishing Brooks' identify, accusing the publication of "doxing" him.

On June 2nd, Twitter user Caroline Orr posted a Twitter thread condemning Facebook for assisting The Daily Beast in their investigation (shown below).

That day, Brooks created a GoFundMe[10] campaign titled "Shawn Brooks Legal Action Fund" (shown below).

This campaign is trending! 197 $6,065 of $10,000 goal Raised by 194 people in 22 hours Donate Now fShare on Facebook Created June 2, 2019 Shawn Brooks Other NEW YORK, NY Re Shawn Brooks Legal Action Fund $10 Hugo Cerri 75 shares fShare 5 mins ago Tweet $10 KA I'm looking at my options for possible legal action against anyone who was associated in publishing that inaccurate trash article about me, misquoting me and accusing me of being the creator of the Speaker Pelosi video that went viral. Kris Aleks 15 mins ago

"I'm looking at my options for possible legal action against anyone who was associated in publishing that inaccurate trash article about me, misquoting me and accusing me of being the creator of the Speaker Pelosi video that went viral."

Also on June 2nd, the Twitter account @sportsgurufsr[11] claiming to be run by Brooks stated that much of the article as "made up" by the author (shown below).

Shawn @sportsgurufsr Replying to @progressivehere @mikebreslinpro and 3 others I never said I made 1000 dollars. That's a lie. This guy just made up a bunch of s--- and added my past history (which isn't all true) and have convinced you all that everything he wrote was true. Bottomline is I never made the video. I shared it just like thousands of other ppl 2:53 AM 2 Jun 2019

Meanwhile, others noted that the blog BoingBoing uploaded a slowed-down video of Donald Trump which one user titled as "Drunk Trump" back in April 2016 (shown below).[9]

Various Examples

Lets Roll @LetsRoll404 Drunk? Stroke? Stress? Dementia? #3 in line for the Oval Office #NancyPelosi 1:53 151 views 5:11 PM - 23 May 2019 Paul Krugman @paulkrugman So Facebook is leaving the fake "drunk Pelosi" video up. Great work, guys Meanwhile, this is what she's really like sharp, knowledgeable, and remarkably funny House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with New Yor... The crisis of migrant families, strife within NATO, a shift on the Supreme Court-America is facing huge challenges at home and abroad, and a divided Congress... youtube.com losi and Paul Kr 7:56 AM - 24 May 2019 Charlet Faye @CharletFaye1 Pelosi Speaks After Accusing Trump of a Cover-Up | NowThis Is she drunk? Does Nancy have a drinking problem? @SpeakerPelosi Your cover-up is about to be exposed. You may need more alcohol. The DOJ #Barr is now open! youtu.be/dWVzTIPcfVI #Trump2020 #TrumpWH #ObamaCover-Up EA Pelosi Speaks After Accusing Trump of a Cover-Up.. PELOSI ACCUSES TRUMP OF COVER-UP: Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared today, 'We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover up' by ston youtube.com 7:55 AM-23 May 2019 from United States Sandy Beech @marklars Replying to @SpeakerPelosi Wow Nancy. What has happened to you? Are you having multiple strokes or are you drunk all the time? You can barely string a sentence together. Why not tell the truth about the meeting? Because it proves that Democrats/Liberals/Socialists are obstructive. Conway reacts to Pelosi snapping at her after Trump meeting Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway says the president will work with Democrats on infrastructure once Democrats are done 'playing games.. # America youtube.com 0:19 AM- 24 May 2019 Barbara @sybilthewitch This ignorant drunk B'oche need a lobotomy!! You couldn't shine Pres. Trump's shoes!! #Have Another Scotch On The Rock. Nancy!! Make lt A Tall One!! Video: Nancy Pelosi says Trump needs 'an intervention' "I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country," Pelosi said. abcnews.go.com 9:35 AM - 23 May 2019 Manny_Ottawa @manny_ottawa Unbelievable: @SpeakerPelosi is dead drunk. She's stammering away at how @POTUS should consider "green deal" as a national project Then Leader of the Party whos attacked prayer disingenuously speaks of prayer. I see why @RealJamesWoods walked out U M 2:01 3,710 views 3:23 AM-24 May 2019

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External References

[1] Facebook – PoliticsWatchDog

[2] Twitter – Govertime

[3] Snopes – Drunk Driving Accident

[4] WND – Bar Tab

[5] Snopes – Nancy Pelosi Slurring Speech

[6] The Daily Beast – Fox and Friends

[7] The Washington Post- Faked Pelosi Videos Slowed

[8] The Daily Beast – We Found the Guy Behind the Viral Drunk Pelosi Video

[9] Twitter – @JerylBier

[10] GoFundMe – Shawn Brooks Legal Action Fund

[11] Twitter – @sportsgurufsr

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