Nancy Pelosi and her ongoing bizarre behavior have many high ranking Democrats calling for her to step down and that escalated this week when she repeatedly used incorrect words in another press conference.
As Pelosi spoke to reporters on Thursday, she repeatedly used the wrong words in sentences, awkwardly correcting herself so she was clear to the journalists.
Speaking about new gun control legislation, she said there is a “commensurate bi-partisan — common sense bi-partisan supp, uh, path forward.”
Moments later, she repeated words and mistakenly said “tax force,” before enunciating “task force.”
The American Thinker details:
Pelosi fell back into previous talking points, nearly saying “comprehensive immigration bill” when talking about gun control.
“So we’re just say to, we’re just saying to the Speaker, ‘Give us a vote, just give us a vote,’” she repeated.
Moments later she said Republicans are going to take “$500 billion out of Medicare. One-and-a-half — excuse me,” she stopped herself. “Trillion — half a trillion dollars out of Medicare,” she continued, apparently believing $500 billion and half-a-trillion are different numbers.
While talking about transparency in settlements with sex harassment victims, Pelosi said, “I don’t want to herm — harm victims…”
As Pelosi attempted to again slam the popular Trump tax cut, she botched the numbers created by the Democratic Party.
“Once the tax scam is fully phased in, 6 million middle class families — excuse me,” she said, staring at her notes. “86 million middle class families,” she continued as reporters sat in silence.
Condemning members of the Trump administration who are leaving, she said, “They’re having served in that White House for one year is a giant enhancement as they go out to the public sector — private sector, the private sector,” she corrected herself.
Calls have been going on for months, some by high ranking Democrats, for Pelosi to step down from leadership and even retire all together.
During a recent candidate forum of Democrats vying for an Arizona congressional seat, not a single one raised their hand to indicate support for Pelosi. Watch:
Late last year, high-ranking House Democrat Rep. Linda Sanchez of California called on Pelosi to step down as Minority leader to make way for a new generation.
“Our leadership does a tremendous job,” Sanchez said.
“But I do think we have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus, and I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 5, 2017
Sanchez specifically called out Pelosi; the House Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer of Maryland; and the Assistant House Minority Leader, James Clyburn of South Carolina, when asked who should leave their leadership positions.
“I don’t think there is one leader of the Democratic Party. I think there are many people who try to move the country in the right direction,” Sanchez said. “We have too many great leaders here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should, and I would like to see that change.”
If Democrats somehow fail to flip the House in November, rank-and-file members in increasing numbers say they are going to clean shop.
“Win or lose we have to have the change,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., an outspoken critic of Democratic leadership.
They will demand that Pelosi and other party leaders step aside.
“If we lose, everyone goes,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., one of the top Democratic leaders.
“People are saying if we lose, if there’s not a majority, then we’re cleaning house — like everybody,” one House Democrat said, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
Many members tend to remain silent and keep their leadership gripes away from the media.
But predictions aren’t limited to reliable Pelosi critics. Rep. John Yarmuth, a member of the Democratic leadership and a Pelosi ally, said he’s sensed an increasing appetite for new leadership among the caucus.
“Certainly the growing prospect that we could be in the majority has made people think about it a little differently,” the Kentucky Democrat said.
But if Democrats win and “Nancy wants to be Speaker, she’ll be Speaker,” Yarmuth added. “Some other people may have other ambitions.”
If they lose? “Nancy would probably say it’s time for somebody else,” he said, quickly adding, “I don’t base that on anything.”