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As the new U.S. House speaker, Nancy Pelosi faces a slew of challenges this year. Being removed from a fundraiser for excessive drinking is not one of them.
A post on "The Last Line of Defense," a satire blog known for peddling made-up stories, claimed Pelosi had been kicked out of a benefit for children with cancer after having one too many drinks.
"After filling a beer mug with vodka and sprinkling some Crystal Light in there for color, Pelosi was so drunk she started making fun of the hats the kids had made earlier," the post said.
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The tag line for the website is: "Information you probably shouldn’t trust." Indeed, the story is bogus. We found no evidence of Pelosi having ever attended, or been removed, from any such fundraiser.
Art Tubolls, the billionaire who organized the fundraiser quoted in the story, is in fact a "propagandist for America's Last Line of Defense," according to his Twitter bio. His name is an anagram for Busta Troll, one of the many names used by author of the website, who we profiled in 2017.
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We rate the claim Pants on Fire!
Correction Jan. 24, 2019: Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. An earlier version of this article listed a different title.
Wearethellod.com, Nancy Pelosi Removed From Benefit for ‘Being So Drunk She Couldn’t Stand Up’, Jan. 12, 2019
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Snopes, Was Nancy Pelosi Removed from a Children’s Cancer Benefit for Being Drunk?, Jan. 12, 2019
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