Fact check: False claim that Pelosi drunk in 2016 photo with Obama

October 12, 2020

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In August, USA TODAY debunked a viral video that was selectively edited and slowed in an attempt to make Pelosi appear drunk.

A photo of Pelosi walking out of a store in Connecticut from a 2016 blog post also went viral, claiming she was escorted out of a restaurant drunk, and was debunked by PolitiFact in February.

Drew Hamill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, said in an email that the claim is false and confirmed that the House speaker does not drink...

Ethan Porter, assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, told PolitiFact in August that "Portraying women as ‘unstable’ and somehow ‘unfit’ for leadership has a long, ugly pedigree."

"These false claims advance those stereotypes; that these false claims are shared today indicate that the appetite for those stereotypes has not gone away," he said. 

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