A newly-elected GOP congresswoman accused Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “pushing” her younger daughter throughout a photograph op at her swearing-in ceremony final week.
Rep. Mayra Flores of Texas made the accusation after a video posted on social media confirmed her posing with Pelosi and her household on the ceremony — with conservative commentators saying the speaker “elbowed” Flores’ daughter.
“No baby needs to be pushed to the aspect for a photograph op. PERIOD!!” Flores captioned a retweet of the video.
“I’m so happy with my sturdy, lovely daughter for not permitting this to faze her,” she mentioned. “She continued to smile and pose for the image like a Queen.”
The video exhibits Pelosi, standing subsequent to Flores’ daughter, as she waves over the household’s pastor. Pelosi then appears to be like on the woman and extends her elbow on the identical level that the kid strikes over.
It’s unclear from the footage if Pelosi’s arm makes contact with the woman, however one Republican commentator, actor James Woods, mentioned the video is obvious proof of the Democratic lawmaker displaying “her true colours.”
Conservative columnist and TV present host Benny Johnson known as Pelosi a “witch” in response to the video.
“Nancy Pelosi ELBOWS the little daughter of latest GOP Congresswoman Mayra Flores — what a witch,” he tweeted.
Rep. Mayra Flores (R-Texas) arrives for her ceremonial swearing-in on the U.S. Capitol June 21, 2022.AP
The footage on the heart of the controversy was recorded on the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony Pelosi hosted for Flores on Tuesday.
Flores, 30, turned the primary Mexican-born congress member when she gained a particular election earlier this month towards a Democratic opponent to exchange Texas Democrat, Rep. Filemon Vela who retired earlier than the tip of his time period.
One other video of the photograph op exhibits the Democratic chief and Flores smiling and shaking palms as Pelosi congratulates her on the historic achievement.
“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Congresswoman Flores to the Capitol and to the Congress of the USA with nice congratulations,” Pelosi mentioned in that video. “And once more, grateful for her management and her lovely household who’s right here immediately.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi congratulated Flores on her victory.EPA
Flores will journey out the remainder of Vela’s time period and can face one other election in November towards Democratic nominee Vicente Gonzalez.
Pelosi wished her success through the swearing-in ceremony.
“Thanks Congresswoman Flores in your braveness to run for workplace and greatest needs in your success,” she mentioned. “It’s an honor to work with you.”
A consultant for Pelosi didn’t instantly return a request for remark.