Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi left audience members scratching their heads this week after the Minority Leader repeatedly demanded the audience applaud her speech; bizarrely yelling “that’s an applause line!” on multiple occasions.
The California Congresswoman was addressing the GLAAD audience at an annual event when she strangely told the crowd she’ll let them know when to clap, saying “we’re not kind of in sync.”
“Our city is blessed with a large LGBTQ community, and a strong history of legacy of advocacy for equal rights,” said Pelosi. “We were very proud of repeal of ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ and President Obama was so very much a part of that… Let’s hear it for President Obama. That’s an applause line, I’ll tell you when it’s an applause line if we’re not kind of in sync.”
The stunned audience looked on in silence, with some laughing nervously at the House Minority Leader.
“And now we’re fighting for something called the Equality Act, a historic comprehensive bill […] And I will continue to do everything in our power to end discrimination in the work place and in every other aspect of life that ensures that all American families are viewed equally in the eyes of the law; that’s an applause line,” Nancy reminded the crowd.
“And stop the bullying of the LGBTQ community youth in our schools and in our society. Stop the bulleting of our kids,” she added. “Alright, applause line!”
Watch Pelosi’s bizarre speech above.