President Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is apologizing on Friday after sharing a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to show the Speaker slurring her words.
Giuliani tweeted and deleted the video on Thursday evening after the Washington Post had published a report on the altered videos that had begun circulating on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The Post report detailed how the low-tech edits, slowed to change Pelosi’s regular speech pattern and depict the Speaker as slurring her words, are going viral across social media platforms with little to no moderation.
One video published to a Facebook page titled “Politics WatchDog” remained available on Facebook on Friday morning, hours after the Washington Post had flagged the video to Facebook.
“What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi?” Giuliani wrote on Thursday, with a link to one of the doctored videos on a Facebook page titled “AllNews 24/7.” “Her speech pattern is bizarre.”
According to Mediaite, the Trump attorney deleted the tweet about fifteen minutes after posting it.
Giuliani attempted to issue an apology on Friday for his role in spreading the video, but the Trump attorney seemed to struggle with his keyboard.
“ivesssapology [sic] for a video which is allegedly is a caricature of an otherwise halting speech pattern, she should first stop, and apologize for, saying the President needs an ‘intervention,'” Giuliani wrote, followed by the word “Are” and a GIF of players on the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks celebrating during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill shared Giuliani’s tweet, adding, “No further comment needed.”
No further comment needed https://t.co/6jQpCQwUgA
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) May 24, 2019
Hammill offered a similarly terse response to the initial Washington Post report on the doctored videos of the Speaker. “We’re not going to comment on this sexist trash,” he told the Post.