Stefanik falsely claims Pelosi responsible for attempted armed insurrection
Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that North Country Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik on July 27 attempted to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, for an attempted right-wing coup at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. "Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility, as speaker of the House, for the tragedy that occurred on Jan. 6," Stefanik said, though the Republican who represents the 21st Congressional District in New York bears more responsibility. Stefanik did not ever clearly say that Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump for president. Stefanik voted against the certification of the electoral college vote before and after the riot. And the Associated Press fact-checked Stefanik's claim that Pelosi was responsible for the armed right-wing insurrection, reporting that Pelosi has no day-to-day oversight of the Capitol Police. After the attack Pelosi said a "failure of leadership at the top" was at fault, and the top three security officials at the Capitol resigned over the security failure. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York and the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, called the Stefanik smear "sick and cynical." Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top advisor, Rich Azzopardi, called Stefanik a "traitor" in a tweet July 27. Read more about this story in the Times Union.