Saturday, May 25, 2019

Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi Trade Barbs

Nutcase US President Donald Trump (left) and the feisty Nancy Pelosi traded barbs on Thursday, each questioning the other's mental stability. 

The top Democrat appealed to Trump's family and aides to conduct an intervention with the president "for the good of the country". 

Trump, of course, hit back, saying Pelosi was "crazy", later calling the California congresswoman "a mess". 

The row marks a new low for relations between the White House and Democrats. 

The exchange came a day after Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and her counterpart in the Senate, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. 

Trump, as we all know, enjoys picking fights with everybody and anybody. 

Anyway, the name-calling didn’t end there. 

On that same day, Trump posted a clip from a show from Fox Business which, while not doctored, had been selectively-edited to portray Pelosi (left) as garbling her way through a press conference. The full footage demonstrated that was not the case. 

And there was another instance when hours after Pelosi addressed a conference Wednesday, a deliberately distorted video of her conversation began spreading across the Internet. 

First posted on YouTube, it went viral, more so after being re-posted on Facebook and Twitter, also on Thursday. The manipulated clip, slowed down by 25% made Pelosi sound as if she were slurring her words. 

YouTube promptly deleted all copies of the video on its site after being notified of its existence following a Washington Post report on the video. 

Facebook, where the clip found its largest audience, refused to take it down. One upload of the clip has been viewed more than 2.5 million times – and remains visible. 

A company spokesperson maintained that the video does not violate Facebook’s Community Standards, adding in a statement that “we don't have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true”. 

You and I know this explanation doesn't make sense at all. The Pelosi clip is clearly a calculated attempt at misinformation as well as being a flagrant misrepresentation. Therefore, it should be expunged, period.

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