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Kelsey Sena Tamakloe
By Kelsey Sena Tamakloe June 30, 2021

Pelosi never said Trump is the best president, nor is she holding a new election for him

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A recent "Saturday Report" broadcast on the conservative Newsmax network talked about bipartisan efforts on infrastructure, critical race theory in the military, former President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Ohio, Vice President Kamala Harris visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, gun control and vaccine passports. 

But a Facebook post sharing the 30-minute video attached a headline that’s completely unrelated to any of those stories — and implausible on its face.  

"Pelosi said Trump is BEST PRESIDENT ever after Biden’s bragging….she holds new election for Trump," the headline says. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on News Feed (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

The video contains no mention of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s opinion of Donald Trump, or a new election.

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And Pelosi has never said Trump is the best president. Indeed, she has long been among his sharpest critics.

She led the House’s impeachment of Trump in 2019, and famously tore up a copy of the text of his State of the Union address, on camera, in February 2020, just as he finished delivering it. After the attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters in January 2021, she and the Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to have Trump removed as a president, saying his "dangerous and seditious acts necessitate his immediate removal from office." When Pence declined, she pushed to impeach Trump again on charges that he incited an insurrection.

The Facebook post matches a common pattern of misinformation shared on social media, where attention-grabbing but false headlines or titles are superimposed on unrelated videos. 

PolitiFact and other fact-checking organizations have debunked similar posts with false headlines.

The headline on this post has no connection to the video, and no basis in fact. We rate this claim Pants on Fire! 

Our Sources

Facebook post, June 26, 2021

Politifact, "No, the military didn’t arrest Adam Schiff," published June 23, 2021

Tehelka, "Nancy Pelosi rips up copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech after handshake snub," published February 5, 2020

Nancy Pelosi tweet, January 13, 2021

Press release from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, "Pelosi, Schumer Joint STatement on Call to Vice President Pence on Invoking 25th Amendment," January 7, 2021

Lead Stories, "Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Jail Fauci For His ‘Dirty’ Money To China," June 2, 2021

PBS NewsHour, "WATCH: Speaker Pelosi full statement ahead of impeachment vote| Trump’s first impeachment" published December 18, 2019

PBS NewsHour, "Pelosi seeks to curb Trump’s nuclear power," published January 8, 2021 

 

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