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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 18, 2022

No, McConnell didn’t say Pelosi should be jailed

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  • This video doesn’t show Mitch McConnell saying this, nor did we find other instances of him saying Nancy Pelosi should be jailed.

As congressional party leaders, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sometimes pillory each other in public. But a recent video being shared on Facebook does not reveal what posts claim. 

"‘She should be JAILED!’ Mitch McConnell EXPOSED Nancy Pelosi to her face in Congress," an Aug. 16 post sharing the video says. 

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

The video features two clips of McConnell, and in neither does he suggest that Pelosi — or anyone — should be jailed. 

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In the first clip, from March 2019, McConnell, R-Ky., urged the House to pass legislation related to the Middle East. In the second, from February 2021, McConnell criticized Pelosi, D-Calif., and described as "partisan" her push for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. 


We searched Nexis news archives and looked more broadly online for instances of McConnell claiming that Pelosi should be jailed, and we found no credible sources for such a claim. 

We rate this post False.


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