On Friday, Hillary Clinton came to the defense of fellow Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by throwing down the “sexism” card against the man who stole her chance to become the first female President of the United States. Trump, she told a group of Democrats in Houston Friday, is posting “sexist trash” to try to disparage the Democratic leader. The twice-failed presidential candidate also warned the audience that her former opponent has put us in a “very real constitutional crisis.”
“We have to remind Americans: we are the party that can deliver for them, but we also are the party that will stand up and protect the Constitution and address what is a very real constitutional crisis that this president has put us in,” Clinton told a group of Democrats in Houston, Texas, as reported by The Washington Times.
As what she presented as evidence of this crisis, Clinton pointed to the “doctored” video of Pelosi Trump posted the day before. “Just look at what’s happened in the last 24 hours. The president and his cronies have been running around spreading a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. Now, it is sexist trash, but it is also a sign that Trump is running scared.”
As The Daily Wire reported last week, Trump posted a video edited to highlight moments where Pelosi struggled to deliver her comments. The video, which reportedly aired previously on Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” is a 30-second montage of Pelosi stammering over the course of a 20-minute news conference earlier that day.
Pelosi’s team immediately accused Trump of pushing a “doctored” video, her daughter describing it as “altered for speed,” and her chief of staff pointing to a Washington Post report on a different video of Pelosi making the rounds that was indeed “doctored” to make her appear to be slurring her words more. But a digital forensics expert told NBC News that the video Trump posted was not “altered for speed,” but rather edited to highlight the stammering in a way that’s “highly deceptive” because it makes her “relatively small verbal stumbles” seem more dramatic.
“Hany Farid, a computer-science professor and digital-forensics expert at University of California, Berkeley, told The Post that there was no doubt that video had been altered,” NBC News reported. “But he said he believed the video Trump tweeted Thursday had not been slowed down.”
“Unlike the video referred to in The Washington Post article, I don’t believe that this video montage was slowed down. This montage, however, is highly deceptive as it compiles in rapid succession relatively small verbal stumbles in an attempt to portray Speaker Pelosi as stumbling through her press conference,” Farid told NBC.
While Trump posted the edited “stammering” video, Trump’s legal adviser Rudy Giuliani reportedly posted the other doctored video of Pelosi slurring. After blowback for the video tweets, Giuliani responded online: “Nancy Pelosi wants an apology for a caricature exaggerating her already halting speech pattern. First she should withdraw her charge which hurts our entire nation when she says the President needs an ‘intervention.’ ‘People who live in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones.'”
The public feud between Trump and Pelosi has intensified over the last week and has begun to feature more personal attacks by each of them. After Pelosi accused Trump of throwing a “temper tantrum” and storming out of a meeting with Democrats, Trump described her as a “mess” and having “lost it” and floated a new nickname for her: “Crazy Nancy.” Pelosi, in turn, mocked him as an “extremely stable genius” and slammed him for not being “presidential.”
“When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues,” Pelosi tweeted.