Nancy Pelosi’s semi-retirement might not be going as planned. The former Speaker of the House got more than she bargained for while giving a talk at City University of New York Graduate Center.
Pelosi and The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman “discussed a myriad of issues, including her role as the first female speaker of the House” when the event went off the rails, The Daily Caller reported. “Several members of the crowd began heckling the sitting representative, who stepped down as speaker after the 2022 midterms.”
Mediate had the details: The two were speaking at the The City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Footage of the demonstrators yelling at Pelosi and earning boos from the audience quickly spread across social media. The protests kicked off with one activist telling the former speaker of the House, “You know Pelosi, that’s a very good place for you, in the depths of hell.”
The demonstrator continued yelling as security took him out of the room.
“For some reason, you have a very bad obsession of getting us into war. Hey, why is it that you did not admit that there were no WMDs in Iraq? You lied us into a war in Iraq. You got us to invade Afghanistan. Now over 90 percent of those people are impoverished and are dying. Why don’t you tell the truth about Nordstream?” he said, accusing Pelosi of being a “war criminal.”
Another protester stood up and screamed at Pelosi, admitting he was disappointed because he came to see a “warmonger,” but only got a “sad old drunk.”
“Hey congresswoman, I came to see a warmonger but you’re a sad old drunk! What happened? When you went to Taiwan, were you looking for Ukraine? Did we blow up the Nordstream on accident or on purpose?” he yelled.
"I came to see a warmonger, but you're a sad old drunk.” Facts. pic.twitter.com/d3OlK30mYl
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 5, 2023
Last year, Nancy Pelosi was accused of being an alcoholic after delivering a strange performance during a press conference in which she appeared to some to be drunk.
In February, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell story that contended the United States blew up a vital pipeline supplying Russian natural gas to Germany in an effort to undermine Vladimir Putin’s invastion of Ukraine. He wrote, “Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.
Two of the pipelines, which were known collectively as Nord Stream 1, had been providing Germany and much of Western Europe with cheap Russian natural gas for more than a decade. A second pair of pipelines, called Nord Stream 2, had been built but were not yet operational. Now, with Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and the bloodiest war in Europe since 1945 looming, President Joseph Biden saw the pipelines as a vehicle for Vladimir Putin to weaponize natural gas for his political and territorial ambitions.
Biden’s decision to sabotage the pipelines came after more than nine months of highly secret back and forth debate inside Washington’s national security community about how to best achieve that goal. For much of that time, the issue was not whether to do the mission, but how to get it done with no overt clue as to who was responsible.
There was a vital bureaucratic reason for relying on the graduates of the center’s hardcore diving school in Panama City. The divers were Navy only, and not members of America’s Special Operations Command, whose covert operations must be reported to Congress and briefed in advance to the Senate and House leadership—the so-called Gang of Eight. The Biden Administration was doing everything possible to avoid leaks as the planning took place late in 2021 and into the first months of 2022.
President Biden and his foreign policy team—National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and Victoria Nuland, the Undersecretary of State for Policy—had been vocal and consistent in their hostility to the two pipelines, which ran side by side for 750 miles under the Baltic Sea from two different ports in northeastern Russia near the Estonian border, passing close to the Danish island of Bornholm before ending in northern Germany.”
In response to the allegations, the White House called the story “utterly false and complete fiction” and an attempt by Reuters to corroborate the claim failed. The United States and NATO called the incident “an act of sabotage.”