Speaker Pelosi claims to have as much power as the President, is swiftly fact-checked back down to Earth

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Nancy Pelosi may have reclaimed her position as Speaker of the House, but many feel she should go back to school on the U.S. Constitution.

In a historic return, the California Democrat was elected as speaker for the second time in 12 years, putting her in position to be next in line for the presidency should anything happen to President Donald Trump and then Vice President Mike Pence.

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But in a New York Times interview published on Thursday, the 78-year old liberal showed how dangerously ignorant she is of the Constitution that she is sworn to uphold.

In the interview, Pelsoi recalled wondering, “Doesn’t anybody listen to a woman in the room?” at a White House dinner when men were speaking over her.

“Hopefully that will become a thing of the past now that we have so many women in Congress — and with the gavel,” she said. “The gavel makes a big difference.”

Pelosi was asked by Sheryl Gay Stolberg in The New York Times interview if she considered herself to be equal to Trump.

“The Constitution does,” she replied, according to piece which called her an “icon of female power.”

Soon after she took control of the House, Pelosi issued a letter to Trump that began, “The Constitution established the legislative, executive and judicial branches as co-equal branches of government, to be a check and balance on each other.”

Though the Constitution established the separation of powers in the federal government, the three branches have far from equal powers. Article I, Section 8 gives 18 powers specifically and only to Congress, including collecting taxes and declaring war. Article II, Section 2 lists the six enumerated powers of the president which include being Commander and Chief of the military.

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley fact-checked Pelosi’s statement in a blog post on Friday.

“A speaker is not the equal to a president because a speaker is not the head of one of the branches. She is at most the head of one of the house of the Legislative Branch and even that can be contested as overblown since her powers are limited under House rules,” Turley explained.

“The fact that a Speaker is second in line to the President under the Presidential Succession Act also does not make her a constitutional equal — any more than cabinet members are the equal to the president because they are also in the line of succession,” he wrote.

Pelosi’s statement about being equal to the president as the speaker drew scathing rebukes on social media.

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