You know that claim Nancy Pelosi made while in France for the D-Day anniversary that she doesn’t criticize President Trump when he’s on foreign soil? The brave media firefighters lapped it up:
Pelosi declining to criticize Trump while at Normandy today: “I don’t talk about the president while I’m out of the country. That’s my principle.” pic.twitter.com/tPcaHnwK9m
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 6, 2019
Except it was BS. Here’s the Washington Post Fact Checker giving the Speaker of the House 2 Pinnochios for the whopper:
The Washington Post Fact Checker gives Nancy Pelosi two Pinocchios for her repeated claim that she does not speak ill of President Trump while overseas https://t.co/5sLKNzYaqv
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) June 14, 2019
The Pinocchio Test
Pelosi appears to be trying to have her cake and eat it, too. She says she does not want to talk about the president overseas, but then she slips in criticisms, including a sharp one: He’s “bankrupt of any ideas.” The distinction between a policy difference and a partisan attack is especially hard to discern. It’s certainly not in the spirit of the original meaning of Vandenberg’s line.
Either Pelosi needs to hold fast to her standard — that she does not talk about the president — or abandon it. She was restrained in Normandy. But other times, it appears to have been a principle honored in the breach.
Mitch McConnell's embrace of his new nickname from Nancy Pelosi TRIGGERS Alyssa Milano, BIG TIME! https://t.co/ebn7IsqiSh
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 15, 2019
Uh oh! John Legend’s tweet to Nancy Pelosi is more proof the anti-Trump Resistance is getting VERY impatient https://t.co/SIkhhsv5G6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 14, 2019