U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi was heckled by several attendees during a New York speaking event, and one called her a “sad, old drunk” over boos from other attendees.
Pelosi appeared at the City University of New York Graduate Center speaking event with Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman on Monday. During her time on stage, various protestors in the crowd stood up and hurled insults at the congresswoman. When one protestor was removed from the crowd by security, another stood up and continued to verbally degrade Pelosi.
Pelosi recently stepped down as the House Speaker after Republicans won the House in the November 2022 elections. U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy has since been elected as Speaker of the House, a position held by Pelosi for the past four years. Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003 when she was elected minority leader and served as House Speaker from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023. The 82-year-old won’t seek reelection as a Democrat leader, but attendees still held her accountable for a variety of issues at the Monday event, with some screaming out questions as Pelosi sat on stage with Krugman.