Pelosi mocked for wishing ‘Happy Shwanza’ in final speech as House speaker

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., acknowledges applauds from lawmakers after speaking on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Carolyn Kaster/AP

Pelosi mocked for wishing ‘Happy Shwanza’ in final speech as House speaker

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) used her final remarks as speaker to wish everyone a “Happy Shwanza” following the passing of the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill.

The soon-to-be former speaker closed the 2022 session of Congress by sharing holiday greetings, including incorrectly pronouncing the African American holiday Kwanzaa, an annual celebration held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

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“I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe New Year. Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Shwanza. Happy Hanukah,” said Pelosi on the House floor. “Whatever it is you celebrate, be safe.”

This gaffe prompted social media users to mock Pelosi by wishing others to have a “happy Shwanza.” Others joked that she had already started drinking for the holidays.

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Fox News personality Jimmy Failla said that it “might be safer to let Paul drive home from the Christmas Party this year.”

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Human Events Managing Editor Celine Ciccio asked her Twitter followers, “What are you doing for Schwanza this year???”

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Another social media user asked what kind of food is appropriate to make for Schwanza. One woman reminded Pelosi that a “schwanz” is another way of describing someone as a jerk.

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