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- This video doesn’t show Rand Paul calling Nancy Pelosi a traitor. In the clip, the Kentucky Republican criticizes a bill to give aid to Ukraine.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., once called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "petty tyrant" — but a "traitor"? A recent Facebook post sharing a 16-minute video featuring Paul suggests that he calls the California Democrat just that.
"‘She’s a traitor!’ Rand Paul uncovers Nancy Pelosi’s dark secrets in public," a description of the video in the Oct. 3 post says.
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The video in the post shows Paul speaking on the U.S. Senate floor in May about a bill to provide $40 billion in aid to Ukraine to help the country fight Russia’s invasion. But Paul doesn’t mention Pelosi, or even utter the word "traitor." Rather, he explains his objections to the legislation, such as using taxpayer money for a foreign war.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, appears in the video’s last two minutes, giving a speech on the House floor. But he also doesn’t call Pelosi a traitor.
Searching online for evidence that Paul elsewhere called Pelosi a traitor, we found none. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., once called Pelosi a traitor, drawing news coverage of her remarks, but we found no similar media reports about Paul.
We rate this post False.
Facebook post, Oct. 3, 2022
The Week, Rand Paul goes after 'petty tyrant' Pelosi in pandemic protocol tirade, Aug. 9, 2021
C-SPAN, Sen. Rand Paul on Ukraine aid bill, May 17, 2022
The New York Times, Mitch McConnell would like trump to fade away, Feb. 24, 2021
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