The video went viral shortly after Pelosi said that Donald Trump’s family should stage an intervention with the president “for the good of the country.” The faked video surfaced on Facebook, where it was viewed more than 2 million times within a few hours. It was also shared by Trump lawyer and apologist Rudy Guiliani with a caption (since deleted) that read: “omg, is she drunk or having a stroke?” followed by “She’s drunk!!!”
The incident called to mind an even cruder video dust-up in 2018 involving footage of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, manipulated to give the impression that he had behaved aggressively against a White House intern at a press conference. The deceptive clip was actually released by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.