Nancy Pelosi Mistakenly Refers to Hillary Clinton as ‘President’ During Columbia University Event

Pelosi Accidentally Calls Clinton ‘President’ at University Event


Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a Freudian slip on Monday when she accidentally referred to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “president” during an event at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Pelosi, 83, quickly corrected her error and expressed hope that Clinton may run for high office again.


Clinton, who lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, was discussing the challenges faced by democracies around the world, including the United States.

She asked Pelosi for her views on the biggest threats and challenges to democracy and how to stop the backsliding of democratic governance.

Pelosi responded by praising Clinton’s leadership and efforts to support democracy, both during her time as First Lady and as Secretary of State.

However, Pelosi mistakenly referred to Clinton as “president” before quickly correcting herself and hinting at the possibility of a third run for the White House.


The conversation turned to allegations of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pelosi claimed that Putin interfered in the election because he feared Clinton’s commitment to democracy.

However, a study published by Nature in January found that the Kremlin’s influence on the 2016 election was negligible, and a two-year probe by special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Hillary Clinton, who served as Secretary of State during the failed US response to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, will be teaching a class on foreign policy at Columbia University this fall.

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