The video, which had more than 53,000 retweets as of Monday afternoon, juxtaposes clips of people rioting and looting with unrelated quotes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — effectively changing the meaning of each Democrat’s remark.
After showing a clip of a burning vehicle that had been vandalized with the anti-police insult “pig,” the video shows Pelosi saying, “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.”
Pelosi’s office asked both Twitter and Facebook to take the video down, spokesman Drew Hammill told CNN on Monday. Both Twitter and Facebook told CNN that the video does not violate their policies.
The Ocasio-Cortez quote
The video shows clips of people setting an American flag on fire and toppling a statue, then a clip of Ocasio-Cortez saying, “That is what the word ‘radical’ really means. … I’ve never been offended. And I embrace that term.”
Facts First: Ocasio-Cortez was not talking about violence, flag-burning or statue-toppling when she made these comments on June 5. Rather, she was arguing, in an online video conversation about policing, that “systemic” problems with the police need to be addressed with “systemic” solutions rather than piecemeal reforms like slightly reducing budgets or banning particular tactics like chokeholds.
The Biden quote
The video then says, in writing, “Joe Biden also wants a ‘new system.”http://rss.cnn.com/” And it shows a clip of Biden saying, “We have an incredible opportunity to not just dig out of this crisis but to fundamentally transform the country.”
The video then cuts to a clip of a fire in the middle of a street, then a clip of someone smashing a window.
CNN’s Brian Fung contributed to this article.