Everyone knows Nancy Pelosi is a petty piece of human garbage. But is she petty enough to stop a Republican Congresswoman’s son from attending her swearing-in ceremony? Even if her son is in the Naval Academy? According to New York Rep. Claudia Tenney, Pelosi is absolutely, 100 percent that petty.
This week, Tenney’s race against Democrat Anthony Brindisi was decided. And in a shocking turn of events, Tenney managed to dethrone the incumbent by 109 votes. But the victory didn’t become official until a decision by the state’s Supreme Court. The two have been bitter rivals for quite some time. In 2016, Tenney was elected to Congress. In 2018, Brindisi beat her. In 2020, Tenney took her seat back. For Democrats, including Pelosi, this must have been irritating at best.
Tenney was sworn in on Thursday. While members who were sworn in last month were allowed to have one family member present, the newly-elected Congresswoman wasn’t afforded that privilege.
“I just would have loved to have my son with me. I raised him as a single parent,” Tenney told Fox News. “We’ve been with each other, nothing greater day than his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, it was such an honor and now he is serving our country.” She says she even asked if he could just be in the gallery. She didn’t even request for him to be on the House floor. Nevertheless, she was told it was not allowed. “There was no reason indicated,” she says. Her son was forced to “wait outside the gallery door” instead of witnessing a happy moment for his mother.
Pelosi claims that spite was not a factor, but instead points to COVID restrictions. Via spokesman Drew Hammill, Pelosi alleged that she was not involved in the decision. “The COVID restrictions are set by the House Sergeant at Arms and the Attending Physician,” Hammill says, adding that this “has nothing to do with politics.” The same, he says, would happen “to a Democratic member” despite us knowing for a fact from the swearings-in of House members last month that this is not true. Democrat Tulsi Gabbard spoke out about this incident:
Tenney says that there was “no discussion of COVID” and that her son “managed COVID protocols.” In other words, he is a safe person to include in the event. “We just thought it was the least we could ask,” Tenney says. “It was nice of him to take time out of his busy job serving our country to come and support me as I got sworn into the House” even if she can’t get answers on why she was not allowed to have him present.
“He was disappointed,” she adds. “He just wanted to be there for me. We are very close.” It’s pretty clear that Tenney was singled out, but this is something we may just have to get used to under Biden — unless we fight back.