– July 18, 2017– –43jH.,b25
In a press conference Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi decided to read an article about the Declaration of Independence, which turned out to be false.
The article Pelosi read was about what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, but, according to the Washington Free Beacon, it is a piece that has previously been debunked as not entirely factual.
Pelosi held up her phone and read the article, saying, “We came back from the Fourth of July celebration and I saw this article.”
She mentioned “voter rights and voter suppression” before reading the piece, and concluded with a call for her fellow Democrats to ponder the sacrifices so many people made at the start of our country, as well as what civil rights leaders did to expand the right to vote.
Pelosi read the article during an event held by Democratic lawmakers to discuss the “Democrats for Democracy Reform Legislative Package” and #wethepeople campaign. The legislative package and campaign is a so-called “task force” aimed at “[reforming] government to ensure it works for all Americans.”
The discredited piece, titled “The Price They Paid,” was a popular essay circulating around the internet on Independence Day. The article outlines the fates of those who signed the Declaration of Independence, but according to the fact checkers at Snopes, “many of its details are inaccurate.”
Pelosi introduced the reading after her Democratic colleagues discussed how the establishment of the U.S. system of government was breaking from monarchal rule, under which rulers often acted in their own self-interest and not for the people.
Pelosi went on to read the account inaccurately describing the fates of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
After she finished reading, Pelosi called on the audience to “ponder the sacrifices so many people made at the start of our country.”
“Understand what our responsibility is to protect what so many people sacrificed so much to achieve for our country,” Pelosi said.
source–anneta griffee, michael lynch, wash free beacon, kathryn covert, snopes