Nancy Pelosi can trace the connection she feels with China all the way back to her childhood days spent playing on the beach. Or at least, that’s what she told members of the media who gathered for her press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
And that’s where the story went sideways.
When asked if the U.S. – China relationship would be affected by her visit to the Indo-Pacific region, Pelosi launched into an answer that would make Kamala Harris cringe.
“Well, our President – we are the House of Representatives, the Congress of the United States,” she began. “And much of legislation, whether it’s trade or appropriations and the rest, begins in the House of Representatives. And so we are one part of this. Our President has his communication with the President of China, and again, this is – we are two big countries. We have to have communication among us.”
That was enough of a word salad for one response, but in what can only be described as a “Corn Pop Moment,” Pelosi then explained that the connection between herself and China exists because she was told as a little girl that, if she only dug deep enough, she could reach the communist country from the beach.
“When I was a little girl, I was told when at the beach that if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China – so we’ve always felt a connection there,” she stated with a straight face.
Q: The military drill since yesterday: do you think how they think this visit will affect the U.S.-China relationship?
Pelosi: When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough we would reach China. So we've always felt a connection there. pic.twitter.com/REkohVmpVp
— Maria Dubovikova (@politblogme) August 6, 2022
While it is unknown if Pelosi actually ever reached China from the beach, it is certain that, in telling the story, she buried herself.
Twitter users responded with merciless mocking and a few of their own childhood connections.
— Telsa Quinn (@QuinnTelsa) August 6, 2022
When I was little, I was told if I was good, Santa would bring me presents, so I’ve always felt a connection to the North Pole.
— Jude (@Coffeeislife77) August 6, 2022
Many likened the comment to Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin and the infamous “I can see Russia” remark.
Remember when they said Sarah Pailin was unqualified because she said she could see Russia from her house?
(It wasn’t even her, it was Tina Fey on SNL)
— 🏳️🌈 Rainbow Libertarian 🏳️🌈 (@Libercon2016) August 6, 2022
And other users wondered if Pelosi was punking us all.
“This can’t be real life,” Tricia Flanagan lamented.
This can’t be real life 🤦♀️
— Tricia Flanagan (R-NJ) (@NewDayForNJ) August 6, 2022
Immediately following the hole-digging story, Pelosi pivoted to the importance of speaking out in support of human rights, stating, “if we do not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out about human rights any place in the world.”
And here’s the kicker to the sandy beach connection: It isn’t the first time Speaker Pelosi has commented on digging a hole to China.
In September 2021, Pelosi told the same tale at Cambridge University.
On that occasion, she evoked the special connection to explain that, despite knowing that China is guilty of genocide against its Uyghur population, the U.S. must continue working with the brutal nation because of climate change.
Yup… That’s one mighty deep hole.
Can someone please explain to me how @SpeakerPelosi admitting that the United States KNOWS China is continuing its GENOCIDE against the Uyghurs, but that isn't nearly as important as working WITH China on Climate Change isn't the top news story around the world? pic.twitter.com/kYVQuVvskD
— An Angry Empath (@empath_angry) September 18, 2021
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