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Did Pelosi Rip Up the Bible in a Bold, Anti-Trump Statement?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published June 5, 2020

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a bible in a bold statement against President Donald Trump.

On June 3, 2020, the Babylon Bee published an article positing that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ripped up the bible in a bold statement against President Donald Trump:

In Bold Anti-Trump Statement, Pelosi Rips Up Bible

In a bold, powerful statement to oppose Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi solemnly tore up the Bible after Trump was seen holding one up in front of a church.

At a press conference, the Speaker of the House held up a Bible and then ripped it in two, declaring that she was against anything Trump was associated with.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

The Babylon Bee is the world’s best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims. We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life.

The Babylon Bee illustrated this article with a doctored picture of Pelosi ripping up a bible. This photograph was created by manipulating a picture of Pelosi from February 2020 when the House Speaker ripped up her copy of Trump's State of the Union address. Here's a comparison of the original photograph (left) and the doctored image (right):

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.


Byrd, Haley.   "Nancy Pelosi Defends Tearing Up the State of the Union Address: 'I Don't Need Any Lessons' On Dignity."     CNN.   6 February 2020.

Babylon Bee.   "In Bold Anti-Trump Statement, Pelosi Rips Up Bible."     3 June 2020.