Pelosi read the article during an event held by Democratic lawmakers to discuss the “Democrats for Democracy Reform Legislative Package” and #wethepeople campaign. The legislative package and campaign is a so-called “task force” aimed at “[reforming] government to ensure it works for all Americans.”
The discredited piece, titled “The Price They Paid,”was a popular essay circulating around the internet on Independence Day. The article outlines the fates of those who signed of the Declaration of Independence, but according to the fact checkers at Snopes, “many of its details are inaccurate.”
Pelosi introduced the reading after her Democratic colleagues discussed how the establishment of the U.S. system of government was breaking from monarchal rule, under which rulers often acted in their own self-interest and not for the people.
“It’s July. We came back from the 4th of July celebration and I saw this article,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi went on to read the account inaccurately describing the fates of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Snopes found that many of the claims in the essay are not true.