House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a lie so egregious that even the liberal media called her out for it.
Back in September, Pelosi spread a woefully inaccurate tweet about the actual number of children killed with firearms each year.
Her goal was to push more anti-gun propaganda, but the Washington Post fact-checked her on Thursday and gave her four Pinocchios for a “bogus talking point.”
Below is the tweet in question:
Pelosi has repeatedly claimed that 47 percent of gun deaths were “teenagers or children,” according to the Post.
CDC data show the real number is closer to 9 percent, meaning she exaggerates the true number by more than five-fold.
This discrepancy led the Post to assign Pelosi’s claim the harshest rating on its fact-checking scale.
“For months, in speeches, news conferences, tweets and interviews, Pelosi has been using a version of an incorrect talking point to make the firearms death toll for teenagers and children appear significantly higher than reality,” the fact-check read.
“When we queried her staff, we were told she had simply misspoken. But that was false, too,” WaPo added.
When asked about the discrepancy, Pelosi’s office said the speaker meant to say 47 teenagers or children were killed with guns per day.
However, that number would amount to 43 percent of gun deaths, still very far from the CDC’s findings.
The new claim from Pelosi’s office, the Post said, seemingly “took advantage of” the paper’s policy to not assign scores to false statements made by politicians who later correct themselves. The Post made an exception to the policy and gave Pelosi four Pinocchios, its harshest possible score.
So, her initial claim was a gigantic lie.
And when her office tried to clean it up and “clarify,” they still got the number totally wrong.
And, she has refused to delete the inaccurate tweet.