It was one of the most significant victories of the year for Republicans: when conservative Mexican-born Mayra Flores won her election in Texas.
Her swearing-in ceremony happened on June 21 and right-wingers everywhere celebrated a big win. However, the ceremony didn’t exactly go off without a hitch, thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi was on hand for a photo-op with Flores and her daughter, and it didn’t go quite as smoothly as people had expected.
While the House Speaker thanked for Flores for her “courage to run for office” and wished her success, while adding “it’s an honor to work with you,” it seems she made a definite PR blunder.
When the camera was on Pelosi and Flores’ daughter was standing next to her, it looked like Nancy elbowed the child aside a little to make sure she was better situated for the picture.
That video has been making the rounds on social media.
Though it’s not a flagrant shove, it seems obvious that Pelosi was angling for a slightly better position, and her elbow does sort of cause Flores’ daughter to step aside.
As one might expect, this didn’t sit well with Mom. She quickly replied on Twitter:
It’s important to note that Pelosi and Flores are at odds on most major issues, which isn’t surprising as one is a hardcore Democrat and the other is a staunch Republican.
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For example, while Pelosi and her fellow left-wing politicos slammed the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, newly elected Rep. Flores celebrated the event as a huge victory.
As she wrote after the ruling:
I thank God for the Supreme Court’s historic decision today.
It is clear that the Constitution never created a right to abortion, and this ruling rightly returns the authority to regulate abortion back to the people and their elected representatives in the states.
All life is precious, and today life won.
That isn’t something Pelosi is likely to agree with.
So, when it seems obvious that she’s elbowing Flores’ daughter out of the way for a photo-op, it probably won’t help the Speaker’s reputation. On top of which, Democrat chances of holding the House seem slim according to most polls.
Flores was born in Mexico but has spent most of her life in Texas (she came legally to the U.S. when she was 6).
In this case, conservatives get a strong advocate in office, and Democrats should also celebrate the diversity on display — a legal immigrant making her way and succeeding in American politics.