Fake 'Drunk Pelosi' Videos Spread on Social Media

YouTube removes slowed-down video
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2019 3:00 AM CDT
Fake 'Drunk Pelosi' Videos Spread on Social Media
Speaker of the House Nancy , speaks to reporters as she departs after meeting with House Democrats at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A video altered to make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sound like she was drunk and slurring her words was shared widely on social media Thursday, with one version on Facebook receiving an estimated 2 million views. The video of Pelosi's Wednesday remarks at the Center for American Progress was slowed down to roughly 75% of its original speed, "introducing a significant distortion in her speech," digital forensics expert Hany Farid tells CNN. In a now-deleted tweet, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani shared a link to the video, saying: "What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre." YouTube said late Thursday that it had taken down the video, while Facebook said it had been "enqueued" for review by third-party fact-checkers.

"We're not going to comment on this sexist trash," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hamill tells the Washington Post. President Trump also shared a Pelosi video Thursday, tweeting an edited cut from Fox News of every moment she stammered or paused during Thursday's 21-minute news conference. "PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE," he wrote. Earlier Thursday, he attacked Pelosi over her call for an "intervention" from aides and family members, referring to her as "Crazy Nancy," the BBC reports. "I tell you what, I have been watching her for a long period of time, she's not the same person, she's lost it," he said, calling her a "mess." Pelosi fired back with a tweet: "When the 'extremely stable genius' starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade, and other issues." (More Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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