A video from 2017 has surfaced where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi describes a political tactic called the "wrap-up smear." The video has resurfaced after recently sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was the victim of a nasty smear campaign.
When discussing the technique, Pelosi called it a "diversionary tactic" of the Republicans.
"It's a diversionary tactic," Pelosi begins. "It's a self-fulfilling prophesy, you demonize and then — the 'wrap-up smear.' You wanna talk politics? We call it the 'wrap-up smear.'"
Per Daily Wire:
"You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest," Pelosi detailed, "and then you merchandise it. And then you (gesturing to the media) write it, and then they say, 'See, it's reported in the press that this, this, this, and this.' So they have that validation that the press reported the smear, and then it's called the 'wrap-up smear.'"
"And now I’m going to merchandise the press's report on the smear that we made," she repeated. "It's a tactic. And it's self-evident."
Of course, this is the exact template used in the Kavanaugh smear. Uncorroborated, salacious, off-the-wall allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations of high school gang rape rings, were leaked to the media by the Left to smear Kavanaugh. With the "validation" of a complicit, biased media's reporting, Democrats endlessly pushed the baseless accusations, further ruining the reputation of Mr. Kavanaugh and Republicans in general. Senator Dianne Feinstein was even able speak of gang rape rings during a highly-publicized Senate Judiciary Committee hearing because of the tactic so eloquently explained by Pelosi.
It didn't matter that all of the allegations were uncorroborated with serious credibility gaps; the damage was already done to a good man, all for political gain. The "wrap-up smear," if you will, was completed, and Kavanaugh had his name forever tarred.