Pelosi Responds After Elbow-Checking GOP Congresswoman's Daughter At Ceremony
Update (1845ET): Having tried to ignore this story but been overwhelmed by its viral nature, Speaker Pelosi's press office has responded after a newly elected Republican lawmaker accused the speaker of pushing her young daughter (which was caught on tape).
As we detailed below in words and video, Rep. Mayra Flores (R-Texas), who was recently elected into Congress in a special election, claimed Pelosi nudged her daughter during a group photo.
But a spokesman for Pelosi wrote in several Twitter posts that those allegations are unfounded.
Pelosi, he claimed, was instead trying to move so that her daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her.
“It’s sad to see ‘news outlets’ that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family,” spokesman Drew Hammill wrote, referring to Fox News’ reports on the matter.
It’s sad to see “news outlets” that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family. https://t.co/Dm0oXtwF7V pic.twitter.com/KDyI4MfaOj— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) June 27, 2022
In other words, don't believe your lying eyes, America.
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Newly-elected congresswoman Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) took to Twitter on Sunday after actor James Woods tweeted a clip of Nancy Pelosi elbowing Flores' young daughter during a photo-op last week.
Before we dive into Flores' reaction, here's the play-by-play:
"I love this princess stood her ground, while Nancy showed her true colors," tweeted Woods (originally posted by @Face47031418).
I love this princess stood her ground, while Nancy showed her true colors. pic.twitter.com/17ArfkD3MG— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 27, 2022
To which Flores replied: "I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her," adding "No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!"
I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her. She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen.— Mayra Flores For Congress 🇺🇸🦅 (@MayraFlores2022) June 27, 2022
No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!! https://t.co/TA50EntDoq
Pelosi was 'welcoming' the newly-elected Republican lawmaker to the House of Representatives, who was sworn in as a Member during the ceremony.
"It’s a great honor to welcome Congresswoman Flores to the Capitol and to the Congress of the United States with great congratulations," said Pelosi on Sunday. "And again, grateful for her leadership and her beautiful family who is here today."
As Yahoo! notes, Flores is an outspoken pro-life Texan who celebrated Friday's Roe v. Wade decision.
"I thank God for the Supreme Court's historic decision today. It is clear that the Constitution never created a right to abortion, and this ruling rightly returns the authority to regulate abortion back to the people and their elected representatives in the states. All life is precious, and today life won," she wrote on social media.
Flores was born in Mexico, and legally immigrated to the US when she was 6-years-old, where she spent most of her life in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She faces another election in November against Democrat Vicente Gonzalez.